H-SANTA MARIA

Jun 11, 2011 11:52 PM by Courtney Meznarich

Rep. Capps challenges residents to solve federal deficit

Local Congresswoman Lois Capps wanted to give people a taste of what it's like to try and make decisions in regards to state and federal budgets Saturday.

Volunteers met in Santa Maria, where they divided into groups to try and tackle the federal deficit.

They looked at education, defense, and agriculture among other things. The debate got heated at times, and out of 11 groups, only one managed to bring the deficit down to zero.

"What they're telling me as I'm walking around is that it's really tough to make these decisions," said Capps. "I agree with them."

The event was hosted by a group called Concord Coalition out of Washington, DC. It holds similar workshops around the country to give people a better understanding of budget making process.

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