The Big Easy Budget Game Lets the Public Help Balance the Budget

By: Katherine Pendrill - Apr 5, 2016
References: bigeasybudgetgame & fastcoexist
'Big Easy Budget Game' is a new website that asks New Orleanians to help balance the city's budget. While many cities allow residents to provide input about important budget issues, not everyone has the time or the knowledge to offer their suggestions. This website makes it easier for residents to provide input by breaking down the budget into an interactive game.

The Big Easy Budget Game was created by the non-profit organization the Committee for Better New Orleans. Within the game, residents can see how municipal money has been spent in the past and what the budget for each program is. Users can then move this money around to see how different programs might benefit. While the new game does not let residents directly vote on budget issues, it does help New Orleanians understand how the budget works.

The game not only encourages residents become involved in community issues, but it also to help promote transparency within local government.