LA Times: Interactive Budget Balancer

Try your hand at closing California’s $24,000,000,000 budget gap, using the Los Angeles Times’ Interactive Budget Balancer. It lets you see how the cuts will affect life in California, and how much it would save. The gap is so huge that even if you closed all 110 community colleges – shutting out 2.6 million students – you’d still have 80 percent to go.

So, fellow citizens, your first challenge is to close it without raising revenues through some form of higher taxes and/or fees – as demanded by legislative Republicans and many voters too.

Your second challenge is to be able to honestly say, after looking over all the dismal choices, that you don’t know a single soul who would not be affected by at least one of them.

Happy balancing!

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