Delgado to Hold Federal Budget Workshop at C-GCC

Published Mar 18, 2019. By Sarah Trafton.

U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, will employ a unique role-playing method to introduce President Donald Trump’s record-setting $4 trillion federal budget proposal and dramatize what it could mean to taxpayers at Columbia-Greene Community College on Tuesday.

Twin County residents can learn about the nation’s financial troubles from 4-6 p.m. at the Professional Academic Center at the college. Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan group that focuses on national debt, will co-partner the event. . . . 

The interactive workshop will break participants up into small groups to create their own federal budgets, Concord Coalition National Field Director Phil Smith said. . . .  “It’s an opportunity for constituents to pretend to be a member of Congress.” . . . 

Community members will have to decide whether to cut, keep or expand 40 components of their 10-year-plans such as national defense, tax policy, social security, Medicare and health care, Smith said.

“The real kicker is they’re not making decisions as individuals,” he said. “That would be easy. What makes it hard is making group decisions becomes more complicated." . . . 

The workshop also allows Concord Coalition to educate the public about the national budget, Smith said.

“There is a lot of misinformation out there,” he said. “For example, some people think foreign aid accounts for 25 percent of our budget. It is really about one percent of the budget, not 25. The workshop allows us to get beyond bumper sticker talk.”