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How It Works

The Backseat Budgeter® is an interactive budget simulation tool that enables you to look at a public budget and make decisions about how and where public dollars should be spent.

Now you are in the driver’s seat to make the tough choices. Click on the spending and revenue categories on the pie charts, then decide to either increase or decrease each category and see what the impact will be for spending and revenue.

Due to the current economic environment, you may be starting out with a deficit. Your task is to try to balance the budget. However, pay attention to the signs, as some of your choices may violate the law or even the constitution.

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