Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Moving Ledger

The Los Angeles Times is offering an interactive feature about the California State Budget to its readers in which they can play policy maker and move specific budget items into the "cut" column.

Try your hand at closing California’s budget shortfall, estimated at $24 billion. It’s not easy, but it can be done. Cut spending, raise taxes and/or borrow to get the state out of the red. For each choice -- drawn from proposals from across the political spectrum -- we’ve tried to give some sense of the effects. As you craft your proposal, the Deficit Meter will show your progress.

This online feature joins the gallery of other budget-related games, such as Budget Hero from American Public Media, the New York City Budget Game, the Massachusetts Budget Game sponsored by the Boston Globe, "How Would You Cut $591 Million From the D.C. Budget?" from the Washington Post, the Kentucky State Budget Game for classrooms, and the Cyber-Budget Game from the French government.

Thanks to Brian Oglesby for the link!

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