Lawmakers miss deadline -- but can you balance the budget?
State lawmakers on Tuesday missed the constitutional deadline to pass a budget for the 23rd time in 24 years.
Budget talks, as noted here, are in their infancy. The current members of the Big Five -- the governor and four legislative leaders -- met face-to-face for the first time Monday.
But why wait for them to balance the books? Next 10, a nonprofit that aims to increase public knowledge about California's beleaguered finances, has created a program to allow anyone to try their hand at budget-balancing, not just state lawmakers.
Check out the volume of cuts, taxes -- or both -- that are necessary to stem the flow of red ink in California.
-- Shane Goldmacher in Sacramento