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Maryland's ideal federal budget

Maryland's ideal federal budget

As members of the Maryland congressional delegation consider President Barack Obama's just-released proposed budget for FY2017, wouldn't it be great if they could hear what the citizens of Maryland think about the federal budget? A unique, new survey from Voice Of the People has made this possible.

A representative panel of 490 registered Maryland voters, called a "Citizen Cabinet," went through an online process in which they were presented the discretionary budget for FY2016 and sources of existing and possible revenue (including ones proposed by the president), and asked to craft their own budget. They were told about the deficit, and as they made up their budgets, they...