April 26, 2017

Competing Budget Priorities: The Public, The House, The White House

Date and Time:

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 9:00am - 10:30am


This event will release a new analysis comparing the different approaches to the budget of the American public, the Obama administration and the Republican-led House of Representatives.

The preferences of the American public were established through an innovative study in which a representative sample of Americans was presented the discretionary budget and allowed to adjust it, getting constant feedback on the effect on the deficit. They were also presented a wide range of detailed options for adjusting tax revenues.

The public’s preferences were then compared to the approach of the Obama administration expressed in the proposed 2012 budget and of the House Republicans expressed in the recent legislation to revise the current year budget.

All of these approaches are quite different, revealing highly different priorities, and raising questions about the political viability of the approaches being pursued by the Obama administration on one hand and the House Republicans on the other. The public also appears to favor deeper reductions in the deficit than either the administration or the House Republicans.

The study was conducted by the Program for Public Consultation (PPC), a joint program of the Center on Policy Attitudes and the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, and fielded by Knowledge Networks.

Presenter: Steven Kull, director Program for Public Consultation

Moderator and Discussant: Philip Joyce, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, author The Congressional Budget Office: Honest Numbers, Power, and Policy Making

Discussant: Robert Bixby, Director, The Concord Coalition

Coffee and light refreshment will be served.

Please RSVP: 301-458-0444 or info@public-consultation.org.

About Forum Events:

The Concord Coalition believes that only with an engaged, informed and demanding public can the nation's fiscal challenges be met. The Concord Coalition's mission is to cut through the usual partisan rhetoric and stimulate a more realistic public dialogue on what we want our nation's future to look like, along with the required trade-offs. We believe that elected leaders in Washington know there is a problem, but they are unlikely to act unless forced to by their constituents.