What part of the budget is most important to you?

Melody Ng
Public Insight Network

How would YOU navigate the federal budget? Give it a try: Play Budget Hero.

$1.1 trillion.

That’s the 2012 U.S. federal budget deficit — the difference between how much our government spent over the past year and how much it took in — announced just last week by the Congressional Budget Office.

Whoever wins the White House this fall will have to work with Congress to figure out how to reduce the deficit. That will require cutting expenses, increasing revenues or creating some combination of the two.

The federal budget affects everyone in some way, but as we prepare to cover the political fight over the budget, reporters in Public Insight Network newsrooms want to know where it touches your life the most.

So we ask: If you were pleading your budget case to the next president and Congress, what personal stories would you tell about how the budget affects you, your family or your work? What services do you personally use and depend on? What taxes hit you the hardest?

Share your story. Then take on the federal budget yourself: Play our game, Budget Hero, and see how the services you want or need will affect the rest of the budget.

 >> Your story: What part of the federal budget matters most to you?




Melody Ng Analyst
Public Insight Network

As a Public Insight analyst, Melody Ng's job is all about finding out what people know, and then putting their experience and expertise to work making great news stories. She's particularly interested in getting diverse perspectives and voices into the news. So if you don’t hear people who think or sound like you in the news, then: Tell us what you know here. And come on into our newsroom!

Melody got into journalism through an internship with documentary unit American RadioWorks when looking for a different way to use the skills she had learned through doing science.