Area Residents to Try Cutting Federal Deficits at Oct. 4 Program at Humphrey School

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Students, educators and other residents of the Minneapolis and St. Paul area will try to develop plans to reduce federal deficits in an interactive exercise this Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

The “Principles and Priorities” exercise, developed by the nonpartisan Concord Coalition, calls for participants to work in small groups to develop plans to put the federal budget on a more sustainable course. They will discuss and vote on dozens of proposal involving taxes, defense, Medicare, Social Security and other domestic issues.

The federal deficit is rising rapidly and projected to exceed $1 trillion in the coming year. Participants in the budget exercise will find out whether they can do better.

The program, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., is open to the public but registration is required. 

Register by clicking here.

The event is being co-sponsored by The Concord Coalition and the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School. Phil Smith, Concord’s national political director, will conduct the exercise.

Media coverage is welcome.

WHAT: “Principles and Priorities,” a federal budget exercise

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4

WHERE:  Humphrey Forum Room
                 Humphrey School of Public Affairs
                 301 19th Ave. South
                 Minneapolis, MN  55455


Media Contact: Phil Smith, [email protected], (404) 354-7445


The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to fiscal responsibility. Since 1992, Concord has worked to educate the public about the causes and consequences of the federal deficit and debt, and to develop realistic solutions for sustainable budgets. For more fiscal news and analysis, visit and follow us on Twitter: @ConcordC

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