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Bob Dole
05-17-2006, 07:44 AM
Following Governor Schwarzenegger's May budget revision and as the California Legislature launches its annual state budget review, Next Ten yesterday challenged all Californians to roll up their sleeves and take the "California Budget Challenge," (http://www.nextten.org/) a nonpartisan Internet tool that offers Californians a chance to balance the state's budget and explore the policy options faced by legislators today.

Next Ten -- "an independent, nonpartisan organization that educates, engages and empowers Californians to improve the state's future economy and quality of life" -- also issued an open letter to all California Assembly and Senate members, asking them to challenge constituents to play the budget game. Constituents will not only have the chance to call the shots on how much to give to schools, health care, prisons and other state programs, but they will also have the ability to share their preferences with legislators.

"Next Ten has created a phenomenal tool that engages Californians in the dialogue that the Executive and Legislative branches are having over the next 45 days," said Leon Panetta, former director of the Federal Office of Management and Budget and director of the Panetta Institute at California State University, Monterey Bay. "Civic engagement is the first step towards making meaningful change, and I commend Next Ten for its important work on this front."

"Next Ten offers the sense of empowerment that is vital to affecting change," said Carol Whiteside, president of the Great Valley Center. "And what's exciting about the California Budget Challenge is that it can be done from any computer with an Internet connection."

"A well-informed, engaged public can work together to break gridlock, rebuild trust in government and rebuild the California dream," said F. Noel Perry, founder of Next Ten. "We invite citizens up and down the state to get engaged and help shape our future budget and state."


Source (http://www.govtech.net/news/news.php?id=99527)

Maybe ChiefsPlanet can help fix Kalifornia...

patteeu
05-17-2006, 09:09 AM
What the hell is Arnold whining about. I knocked out that budget and ended up with a $13.8 billion surplus in less than 5 minutes. I don't think they are going to be calling me the education governor though. :)