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Why does the federal deficit matter?

In this episode Congressman Ben McAdams talks with Phil Smith from the Concord Coalition about a budget workshop they held with some of McAdams’ constituents. The nonpartisan group advocates for fiscal responsibility and raises awareness about how federal money is actually being spent.

In the workshop, about 40 people were divided into seven different committees that looked at how the federal government is funded and then they propose cuts. Smith and McAdams discuss the realities of a federal deficit, the Trump tax cuts and whether a balanced federal budget is a realistic possibility.


About the author, Amy

For nearly three decades, Amy has been telling other people’s stories. As a professional journalist, she’s covered everything from crime to education, spending the last 19 years in sports. As an award-winning writer and columnist, she wrote about high school and college athletics, as well as covering six Olympic Games. Born in Utah, Amy moved to Alaska in junior high and graduated from Robert Service High School in Anchorage. She graduated from both Snow College and the University of Utah, and she has worked as a journalist in Salt Lake City since 1990. She co-hosted a high school radio show for over a decade, and she co-founded Voices of Reason podcast with her Deseret News colleague Jasen Lee. She is a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a devoted foster to animals hoping to find a home of their own.

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