Courtesy of the Brainerd Dispatch • September 4, 2013
By Mike O’Rourke, Associate Editor
Facing an estimated $17 trillion federal deficit, members of a capacity crowd at the Central Lakes College cafeteria sharpened their pencils and went to work Wednesday night.
Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., co-sponsored the interactive public forum designed to solicit advice on how to balance the federal budget. It was also sponsored by Central Lakes College in Brainerd and the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan group that champions fiscal stewardship.
“You’re going to get a feel for how difficult this is,” he said to an audience made up of both students and non-students.