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Penny poll budget exercise

Explore how you might choose to allocate the United State’s federal discretionary budget, online or in a group.



The total federal budget for Fiscal Year 2013 is $3.7 trillion. Much of that goes to “mandatory” programs that are automatically budgeted such as Social Security and Medicare. The remaining amount is “discretionary” spending–spending that Congress decides each year. This is the budget participants will be determining with their penny votes.