Community Tackles Federal Budget Deficit in Workshop

Published Feb 4, 2019. By Kennedy DeRaedt.

Students and residents gathered Thursday night for an interactive workshop that imitated the complexities of balancing a federal budget and the policy choices lawmakers face.

The workshop was facilitated by David Oman, senior adviser to the Concord Coalition and the former chief of staff for Governors Robert Ray and Terry Branstad. . . . 

“The challenge with all this is these numbers are so staggering, no one can put their arms around it," Oman said. "They [Congress] just kick the can right off, we screwed it up, let the next guys do it. And the next guys might be you.”