Seattle Times “Ax and Tax”

Posted on June 16, 2008  |  Ideas We Like

Tags: Games Calculators

“Last year, we asked you to try your hand at solving the state’s worst budget shortfall in decades. Guess what? The problem is bigger now.” So says the introduction to the Seattle Times’ latest web-based calculator. As the title implies, you choose what to cut from the budget and what to tax additionally to fix a $2.45 billion state budget shortfall. Be careful, though, as pop-up windows in response to your choices will warn you that people won’t lose their cherished programs without a fight, and that Washington voters are none to fond of taxes. The Times plans to compile the data submitted by visitors into an article about budget priorities.