The California Budget Challenge
ALL NEW 2014 California Budget Challenge was just released! Try your hands at this nonpartisan online budget simulation that lets you decide how much to spend on schools, prisons, health care and other state programs, and how to pay for them.
The winners are in! Click here to view contest winners from Next 10's 2012 student contest on the state budget.
The 2012 California Budget Challenge allows users to:
|In addition to having the online California Budget Challenge, Next 10 has been traveling the state conducting highly interactive presentations using the California Budget Challenge with diverse audiences. Participants discuss the same policy questions that are in the most recent version of the Challenge, and vote on the choices in real-time using instant-response clickers. The group talks about the different choices and their views on the budget solutions being presented. At the end, participants will have worked together to balance the budget. To learn more or to invite Next 10 to present at your town hall event or in your classroom, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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License the Challenge
|Next 10 created the nonpartisan California Budget Challenge in 2005 as a public service to educate and engage Californians on the trade-offs and tough choices involved in building the state's General Fund budget. Next 10 released a completely revamped California Budget Challenge in February 2012, and updates the tool several times a year. Over 330,000 Californians have taken the Challenge and groups are using it regularly across the state to educate and engage residents on state budget issues.
The Challenge has been a great success for California and we want to share it with others! Whether you are looking at the budget of a city, state, or school district, you can license the Budget Challenge and create your own version of this interactive tool. We have been licensing the Budget Challenge™ software to municipalities since 2007, and you can now license the new version of this interactive tool.
For more information please contact Sarah Henry at email@example.com or call 415-957-0202 x 11. We look forward to working with you to create budget education tools that will engage your community!
The Federal Budget Challenge
|Next 10 and the Concord Coalition produce The Federal Budget Challenge, allowing users to look at how the country’s budget is crafted. Over the long term, the United States faces a mismatch between the federal government's spending commitments and what it is projected to take in through taxes. The Challenge allows you to make policy choices to get our fiscal house in order while phasing-in changes to our long-term budget plans.|
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|Thanks to all the students that participated in Next 10's 'All About the State Budget' contest! We received entries from a variety of educational levels (high school, college, etc.) and were excited to learn about students' priorities for California’s budget! The contest ended on Friday May 11, 2012. Winners received $100 Visa gift card prizes. Professor Mary Jo Zenk's class at CSU Monterey Bay won the $100 gift card for the classroom with the most entries. See winning and honorable mention entries here: http://next10.org/2012-student-contest|