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What part of the budget is most important to you?

Filed by KOSU News in Public Insight Network.
October 13, 2012

How would YOU navigate the federal budget? Give it a try: Play Budget Hero.

$1.1 trillion.

That’s the 2012 U.S. federal budget deficit — the difference between how much our government spent over the past year and how much it took in — announced just last week by the Congressional Budget Office.

Whoever wins the White House this fall will have to work with Congress to figure out how to reduce the deficit. That will require cutting expenses, increasing revenues or creating some combination of the two.

The federal budget affects everyone in some way, but as we prepare to cover the political fight over the budget, reporters in Public Insight Network newsrooms want to know where it touches your life the most.

So we ask: If you were pleading your budget case to the next president and Congress, what personal stories would you tell about how the budget affects you, your family or your work? What services do you personally use and depend on? What taxes hit you the hardest?

Share your story. Then take on the federal budget yourself: Play our game, Budget Hero, and see how the services you want or need will affect the rest of the budget.

 >> Your story: What part of the federal budget matters most to you?



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