Stephanie Murphy Pledges Support for Balanced Budget, Then Shows It’s Not Easy

Published Jul 6, 2017. By Scott Powers.

If Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy had people shaking their heads last week when she introduced a balanced budget amendment bill, she had a few scratching their heads Thursday as she organized a town hall exercise in Winter Park that demonstrated how difficult it might be.

Murphy, joined by Phillip R. Smith, national political director for the Concord Coalition, arranged a few dozen constituents around tables in east Orange County Thursday to lead them into debating specific federal spending priorities, program budget cuts, taxes, and deficit spending, in teams of four, five, or six taxpayers. And at the end, each table was to present its consensus findings and recommendations to her.