We wrote a few months ago about how the San Antonio budget simulator helped local citizens understand their city budget and weigh in about its priorities and how they wanted their city to work. It helped them to ImagineGov better. And now, Denver’s Engaged Public and the Bipartisan Policy Center have brought that clarity and fun to our federal budget.
Imagine how productive (also fun!) it would be to have an interactive budget simulator for the federal budget? Have no fear, the Federal Balancing Act: An Interactive Budget Simulation is here. And, with your help, a Federal Taxpayer Receipt to give citizens a breakdown of how much of their individual federal taxes fund specific public systems and structures, is coming.
If we thought that city budgets were complicated, the federal budget is even more so. Even with this presidential election, it can be hard to have a productive and specific conversation about budgetary priorities. It seems dry. But the Federal Balancing Act simulation makes it concrete. Almost like a game to see the best way to fulfill all of our national priorities wisely and well. It allows us to clearly see the public structures that we have developed together to improve and support our country and our communities and to understand how funding priorities impact them. Try it right now. I can’t stop trying it.
And now I can’t wait to try the Federal Taxpayer Receipt. They’re trying to raise the necessary funds by March 31 so they can launch the program on April 4 and we can all take a look at where our tax dollars are going. While we’re supposed to be filing our taxes. The Federal Taxpayer Receipt will offer citizens an idea of where our individual tax dollars went broken down program by program. Because we all deserve a receipt for our many tax dollars paid. And one that we can understand easily. It will help us to ImagineGov better.