America's budget: Your turn

2013-03-11T22:45:00Z 2013-03-14T19:56:04Z America's budget: Your turnDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

MERRILLVILLE | Nick Rozdelsky, 51, brought his teenage nephew with him Monday because balancing the federal budget will affect the future of generations to come.

"I brought my nephew tonight to expose him to this interactive event because it's their future not mine," Rozdelsky said.

His nephew, Michael Rodriguez, 15, agreed.

"I thought it would be interesting to watch and be a part of this," Rodriquez said.

U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, and representatives from the Concord Coalition held an interactive event at the Radisson on Monday challenging constituents to balance the federal budget.

Visclosky welcomed those who took part in the event, including constituents from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties.

"Thanks for taking time for this participation in democracy. You'll find it rewarding," Visclosky said. "It's a terrific exercise to take back to Washington, D.C., where we go back to work again tomorrow."

Phil Smith, the National Political Director of Concord Coalition, said, "Now more than ever, it's vital that citizens get involved with the federal budget issue."

The Concord Coalition is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to bipartisan fiscal solutions.

Those who took part worked in groups of five to seven using a real congressional budget and real proposals to construct a mock federal budget plan.

Gary Foreman, of Valparaiso, who chaired one of the tables, breezed through some areas of the options including quickly cutting $30 million that would be used to create infrastructure programs to repair the nation's public schools.

"We spend more on our students than any other nation in the world and still rank last," Foreman said.

Other participants in the event included Gerald and Louise Witulski, of Valparaiso, who said they'd like to get a message across to members of Congress.

Louise Witulski said she and her friends often sit around the kitchen table and discuss what they'd like to do to reduce the budget.

"I just hope these jamokes will get together," Gerald Witulski said. "If not, we need to know how to get rid of them."

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



About Merrillville

Town Hall

7820 Broadway Ave. Merrillville, IN 46410
219.769.5711
Fax: 219.756.6170

Police Department

7820 Broadway Merrillville, IN 46410
Emergency: 911
Non-emergency 219.769.3531
Administration: 219.769.3722
Crime Tip Hotline: 219.756.6180 ext. 54

Fire Department

26 W. 73rd Ave. Merrillville, IN 46410
Emergency: 911
Non-emergency 219.769.0004
Fax: 219.756.6170

Parks & Recreation

5750 Tyler Place Merrillville, IN 46410
Phone: 219.980.5911

Lake County Public Library

1919 West 81st Avenue Merrillville, IN 46410
Phone: 219.769.3541

Merrillville Community School Corporation

6701 Delaware Street Merrillville, IN 46410
Phone: 219.650.5300

Latest Local Offers