Date: October 10, 2017
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave.
Principles & Priorities is an interactive exercise in which participants learn about the federal budget and discuss many of the policy decisions facing lawmakers today. Working in small, mixed groups, participants review current federal spending priorities, tax policy, and entitlement reform options being discussed in Washington.
Applying their own principles and negotiating with their colleagues, participants ultimately put forward consensus-based deficit reduction plans to improve the nation’s fiscal outlook. Participants gain firsthand experiences addressing the difficult choices in today’s environment which now includes a $20 trillion debt. Principles & Priorities concludes with a wrap-up discussion of lessons learned during the exercise.
Principles & Priorities can be used by groups ranging in size from eight to 200 and is an entertaining way for virtually any audience to learn about the federal budget. It has been used by Members of Congress and their constituents, civic organizations, professional societies, and colleges such as Georgetown University, St. Louis University, and the University of Chicago’s public policy graduate program.