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Ever wanted to know what it would be like to craft fiscal policy, allocate billions in tax revenue, or balance your very own federal budget?

On Wednesday, American Public Media’s Public Insight Network (PIN) launched a newly updated version of their “Budget Hero” game, which allows participants to envision their ideal federal budget. The game, based on data from the Congressional Budget Office, begins “10 years from now to show what would happen if current [economic] policy were to continue on, unchanged.”

Players start by selecting “badges” most compatible with their political views, ranging from “Tea Party” to “Energy Independence.”

Click on the icon below to launch the widget in a pop-up window:

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