May 26, 2017

Iowa Gives a Lesson in Budget-Balancing

November 18, 2011
Des Moines Register


They should have been at Drake University in Des Moines last Monday night, where about 180 Iowans gathered for two hours to wrestle with the deficit in an exercise created by the Arlington, Va.-based Concord Coalition. Working in groups of seven at 25 tables, these Iowans worked through a list of more than two dozen spending and taxation options and voted on things like reducing Amtrak subsidies (deficit impact: $45 billion over 10 years) or broadening the income-tax base (raises $1.3 trillion over a decade).