California is in position to spend a jaw-dropping surplus. Gov. Gavin Newsom has outlined his plans for the money, and the Legislature has ideas of its own. What are yours?
California, once again, is projected to have an astronomical surplus — $97.5 billion in total, but $49 billion of that up for grabs.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his budget priorities last week, describing how he would like to use that extra cash. But do you agree?
Here’s a tool for theoretically doing just that. Rejigger the state’s general fund tax and spending priorities to your liking. We’ve provided just a sampling of all the possibilities out there — let us know if there’s something we really should have included but didn’t. Education, for example, is largely missing because it involves a whole lot of special funds beyond the general fund.
- The Gann Limit, which constitutionally mandates how surplus money can be spent once its sizable enough, will gobble up about half of the projected surplus for education spending. That’s why you’re working with $49 billion instead of $97.5 billion.
- You’re only messing around with “general fund” monies, so we’re not messing around with the large pool of Prop 98 funds that go toward K-12 education.
To change a budget priority, click on the option you like and a check mark will appear next to the chosen option. The surplus indicator at the top will also change.
Submitting your priorities
When you are ready to submit your priorities, click or tap the button at the bottom that reads, “Submit your surplus plan”.
You’ll then be able to see how your priorities compare with other’s. You’ll also be able to go back and change your priorities around, then resubmit!
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