Monday, June 20, 2005

California Budget Challenge

Today I took the California Budget Challenge. I think the intended purpose of this website is to make me realize how tough it will be for the government of California to balance the budget, the tough choices that will have to be made, etc., but that's not really the impression I walked away with. By just holding the line on real per-capita spending, and throwing in a couple of not-too-unreasonable tax hikes, I not only balanced the budget but created large surpluses. I could have gone back and undone either the spending freeze or the tax hikes, and still had a balanced budget. So really this experience has made me more relaxed about California's future.

Don't worry. Be happy. Don't worry, be happy.


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