Perry, Noel


Noel Perry is the Founder of Next 10, an independent, nonpartisan organization that educates, engages and empowers Californians to improve the state’s future.

The California Budget: Your State, Your Future

By F. Noel Perry
Next 10

Every day Californians are hearing more and more about the state’s $25.4 billion deficit – and the choices being considered in Sacramento to resolve it. However, few understand the current proposals and the real impact they could have on themselves, their families, and their friends.

Of course, deficits are not a new thing in California. Each year the legislature and governor work to balance the budget, and for the last several years these efforts have been focused on eliminating a shortfall. While some might think 2011 is just a repeat of past years, it is in fact very different. Because this is not a new problem, we have exhausted many of the options available to us in past years. The deficit we are currently facing is daunting, and the spending cuts and proposals to extend temporary tax increases will affect large numbers of Californians.

Can You Solve The Budget Crisis? Take The Next 10 California Budget Challenge

By F. Noel Perry
Next 10

California is facing a severe fiscal crisis. The July 1st deadline to approve a budget has come and gone and California still does not have one—and this is familiar territory for the Golden State. Last year, California legislators were embroiled in a grueling three-month long negotiation process, and we are continuing down the same path this year at the expense of Californians. 

Now you have the opportunity to balance the budget according to your values. The “California Budget Challenge” is an informative and engaging online tool that simulates some of the tough choices our legislators face when balancing the budget. Issues include education spending, corporate taxation, and state health care benefits.