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California is facing a $27.6 billion deficit over the next 18 months. The single largest area of spending is K-12, community college, CSU, and UC education. Click on this link here to balance the state of California's budget with a gadget provided by the Sacramento Bee. Right click on it and choose to open it as a new tab or window, so you can reference this page as well.
Your assignment is to go through all of the spending categories and choose which ones to cut. Once you've done this, answer the questions below. Go ahead and answer them in narrative form (meaning write it as a paragraph) and address those questions that were the most relevant to how you thought and felt about this exercise. Good luck.
How easy or hard did you find it to balance the budget?
What was easy for you to cut? Were there any cuts you made that were difficult for you? Which ones?
What did you think of Governor Brown's proposals? Did they go too far or not far enough? Why?
Did you need to raise taxes to balance the budet (those were the ones that added revenue)?
Which taxes, if any, were you most comfortable raising?
If everything you chose actually happened, what would be the effect on California? Show you understand the costs of your decisions.
Since overall, this was a fairly easy exercise in balancing the budget, why do you think our government has such a hard time doing it? Think about your answer.