November 1, 2014

In Budget Exercises, Citizens Embrace Fiscal Reform

  • The federal budget is an expression of our country's values. Where we choose to spend and at what levels, how and who we tax, and the borrowing we...

About a hundred people in Colorado’s 1st Congressional District recently tried their hands Saturday at federal deficit reduction through The Concord Coalition’s “Principles and Priorities” exercise. U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette hosted the event at the Columbine High School in Littleton.

“After almost two hours of hard work, good-natured debate, arm-twisting, calls for the question, votes, re-votes, several outbreaks of laughter and, most of all, compromise – the groups reported on their budget plans,” writes Concord’s Paul Hansen in a new blog post. “While every group had a different solution, each of them found a way to significantly reduce projected budget deficits over the next 10 years.”

Late last month about 120 residents of the San Jose area participated in a similar Principles and Priorities exercise. It was hosted by U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo and featured Joshua Gordon, Concord’s policy director, and Jason Peuquet, a research fellow with the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.