Social Welfare. California has a history of helping people with challenges, such as low income people, foster youth, and the mentally ill. Can we continue this commitment to social welfare? (You will find the California Budget Project site especially helpful.)
The Governor. What do you see as most important in the job of a governor? Why is this an especially difficult job? Using current periodicals or recommended websites, discuss one or more challenges that our next governor will face. What advice would you give him?
Taxes and the State Budget. Research at least one recent change in the budget or tax system, or a proposed change, and tell if you think it is a wise idea. Give arguments based on your research. (Notice I included online resources with differing perspectives on this topic.)
Local Government. Why do we have cities, counties, school districts, and special districts? What kind of power do they have? From your research, share specific examples of local governments you see making a difference. What could we do to make these bodies more effective?