Been complaining about legislative gridlock in Sacramento? Still whining about California's terrible business climate? Grumpy about high state taxes?
Time to put your money where your mouth is and see if you -- yes, you there with the Don't Tread on Me t-shirt! -- can solve the Golden State's budget problems.
You think all those legislators do in Sacramento is sit around playing partisan games? Well, let's see if you can do better.
Irvine, Calif., Feb. 5, 2013 – California’s economic output has grown at an average pace over the past 20 years, but the state has experienced slower overall job growth and higher poverty rates than most others, according to a new study by UC Irvine economists. These findings and additional economic comparisons are available in a free interactive database at Compare50.org. The project points to key areas in which the Golden State’s economic performance comes up short, said report co-author David Neumark.
Comparing California to other states has become a common exercise among politicians, academicians and in the media. So how does California really shape up? Next 10, an organization dedicated to looking into California's future, commissioned David Neumark and Jennifer Muz of the University of California, Irvine, to produce a voluminous study of California's economy vis-à-vis other states.
This week, Next 10, a San-Francisco based non-profit, launched a website called Compare50.org for researching economic data on California and other states. Users can track such topics as wage growth, gross state product (GSP), venture capital funding, patents, layoffs, exports, income distribution, weekly hours, housing, education levels and other demographic data.
The gap in income between rich and poor people and blacks and whites has grown in California over the last 20 years, according to a report from nonprofit Next 10 in San Francisco. Although poverty rates have increased in most states during the Great Recession of 2008 to 2011, the increase in the Golden State is among the highest.