Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 8:30am - 9:45am
National Grassroots Director, Jeff Thiebert, will lead students through Concord's Principles and Priorities interactive budget exercise on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at Boston College. The students are part of Professor Kenji Hayao's Fundamental Concepts of Politics II.
Principles & Priorities is an interactive exercise in which participants learn about how difficult it is to balance the federal budget by making many of the policy decisions facing lawmakers today. Working in groups of five to ten, participants review current spending priorities, suggest principles for the future, and then apply their principles by selecting from several dozen priorities currently being discussed in Washington. By considering issues such as federal spending priorities, tax policy, and entitlement reform, participants gain firsthand experience addressing the difficult issues facing policymakers in today's fiscal environment. They then recommend a package of policies to put America on a sound fiscal foundation for the next several years. Principles & Priorities concludes with a wrap-up discussion of the results from each group and the lessons learned from the exercise.
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Principles & Priorities is our flagship exercise that has been used in hundreds of High Schools, Colleges and Universities across the country. In it, participants make decisions about the best combination of program spending and tax policies to match with their larger sense of what the principles behind our budgets should be and what priorities the government should place at the forefront of fiscal decision-making. Learn more about our classroom exercises