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Budget Hero

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It’s next to impossible to find an economist who will support a gas tax holiday, but cutting the gas tax altogether is an option in Budget Hero, a surprisingly entertaining online game that puts you in charge of balancing the federal budget.

Based on budget models from the Congressional Budget Office, Budget Hero starts by asking you to outline three priorities (say, defense, social safety net, and energy independence).

You are scored by how well your taxing and spending strategy meets your priorities, and how long it takes for your budget to go bust.

Let us know how you do!