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Course Description

The federal budget is $5-plus trillion, our debt is $27.1 trillion ($82,000 per person and growing), and critical needs remain unmet. The US and North Carolina economy, infrastructure, safety, and much more rely on the federal budget. Shouldn’t we understand how it is constructed? How spending decisions are made and by whom? How the US and local economy are impacted? The potential changes and their impacts? How our tax dollars are used and who benefits? What the government does when the unexpected happens? What makes up the debt? How accountability helps identify the actual results and impacts after congressional legislation is implemented? These and other questions will be explored and discussed with class engagement and participation. What we don't know, we can't change. Would you write a check every day without knowing what you are buying? An informed populace and educated citizenry can drive positive change, so let’s learn together and see if we can "have our cake and eat it too." Facilitated discussion.

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Section Title
Federal Budget and Debt: So What?
Type
Online - Zoom
Days
Th
Time
11:00AM to 12:30PM
Dates
Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 22, 2021
Type
Online - Zoom
Days
Th
Time
11:00AM to 12:30PM
Dates
Apr 22, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
9.0
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

Please note: This class meets every other week with a final class on April 22: Thu; Feb 18, Mar 4 & 18, and Apr 1, 15 & 22

Please note: Checking out the following websites would be beneficial prior to the start of class:

(a) Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (www.crfb.org)

(b) Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform (budgetreform.org)

(c) White House, President's Budget (www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget)

(d) Congressional Research Service's "Introduction to the Federal Budget Process" (fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/98-721.pdf)

(e) Role of the Government Accountability Office (https://www.gao.gov/about/#:~:text=Often%20called%20the%20%22congressional%20watchdog,money%20and%20work%20more%20efficiently)

(f) Government Performance and Results Act (https://www.performance.gov/about/framework_about.html)

This list may be added to or changed prior to the course start date, based on the most recent updates and information online.