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As our state faces some of the most severe drought conditions in its history, Next 10 wants to issue a new challenge to Californians: can you create a plan to make sure there's enough water for everyone?

As California's fiscal year begins, Next 10 is releasing its newly updated version of the California Budget Challenge, which reflects the past months of hearings and political debate in the Capitol.

The nonpartisan online California Budget Challenge gives users a flavor for some of the tough choices lawmakers considered while crafting the state budget, including:

This year’s edition is the sixth California Green Innovation Index tracking economic indicators as the state implements policies that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

KEY FINDINGS 

While lawmakers are working on appropriations bills to fund the government next year, they seem to have lost interest in trying to meet the country’s long-term fiscal challenges.

A new analysis of the last decade of investment in California’s clean technology sector shows that although venture capitalists remain key players, different types of investors are becoming ever more important to the growth of the sector.

Key findings from this report include:

As California proceeds toward its long-run 2050 goal for permitted greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, it will be necessary for electricity to become more decarbonized. It will also be necessary for some activities that are now fossil-fueled to run partially or fully on the cleaner electricity—a process referred to as electrification.

new study highlights the connection between seemingly unconnected policies and the Golden Stateʼs demand for oil

California policies that have seemingly little to no connection to petroleum use actually provide incentives that drive demand for oil use artificially high in the state. Fifteen such policies are identified in Next 10's new report authored by UCLA experts.

Connecting Californians to Climate Solutions

Next 10 is launching a new, interactive online game called the California Carbon Challenge (www.cacarbonchallenge.org) to engage and inform people who are trying to better understand the challenges and opportunities for reducing emissions.

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