In advance of tomorrow’s presidential debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), dozens of students there participated in an interactive federal budget exercise presented last week by The Concord Coalition.
It was the last in a series of programs on the budget that Concord has presented at all four universities where this year’s presidential and vice presidential debates were scheduled.
The budget exercise, “Principles and Priorities,” calls for participants to work in small groups to develop plans to put the federal budget on a more sustainable course. This involves considering dozens of proposals on taxes, defense, Medicare, Social Security and other issues.
Professor of Public Affairs Jayce Farmer said his students appreciated the opportunity to learn about the federal budget.
Student Katie Sears said: “It really gives us a good perspective as to how challenging it is for Washington to deal with our nation’s fiscal issues. I really learned a lot.”
The students represented various areas across the academic spectrum, with most studying economics, finance, accounting and public administration.
The program was co-sponsored by Concord and the School of Public Policy and Leadership at UNLV’s Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.