Here’s your chance.
Colorado State University has developed the Colorado Backseat Budgeter, which gives Web users a chance to balance a mock state budget.
To give it a shot, visit http://engagedpublic.com/epbudgets/Dashboard.aspx.
The site is still being updated with 2009-2010 data.
“The Web site started as a resource for our Bighorn graduates. We decided to allow the general public access to the tool to help citizens really understand the complexities of the state budget in a user-friendly way,” said Lou Swanson, Vice Provost for Outreach and Strategic Partnerships at Colorado State.
Visitors are presented with Colorado spending and revenue statistics and prompted with options to add or drop programs to raise taxes or rearrange spending categories to balance the budget. Each budget category offers an in-depth description of its purpose within the state budget and the impact it has on Colorado’s economy.
Backseat budgeters are faced with the same financial limitations as Colorado legislators when setting their budget and are required to follow constitutional laws like TABOR, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, and Amendment 23, the required increase for spending on K-12 education.
Hot issues such as higher education and health care funding, and, increases for income taxes and sales taxes are all areas covered on the interactive website. Colorado Backseat Budgeter also provides a forum to engage users in discussions on these much-debated topics.