The NYC Budget Game

Posted on June 16, 2008  |  Ideas We Like

Tags: Games Calculators

The Gotham Gazette is behind this interactive game that lets visitors balance New York’s $44.5 billion budget. Starting with the city’s current $3.8 million deficit, users add percentage points to specific taxes and remove money from specific expenditures until the deficit becomes a surplus. Pop-up windows let users know when new taxes are going to get you in trouble with voters, state leaders or even the federal government. After playing, users can compare their budget to the mayor’s with a handy pie chart, submit their proposed budget to The Gazette and talk about the game on the site’s message boards.