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Chris Adams


Chris Adams is the president and co-founder of Balancing Act, a Denver-based company that offers budget engagement and financial transparency tools and which was named to the GovTech 100 in 2017, 2018 and 2019. He is also a Senior Fellow at the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs and an adviser to the Government Finance Officers Association's Online Financial Transparency Taskforce. Previously, he was director of the Center for Ethics and Social Policy in Berkeley, Calif.

Adams has worked in public policy and facilitation for over 25 years and is the author of more than 60 articles on ethics and public policy for publications including The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor and Government Finance Review. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Colorado.

When revenues can't cover essential services, public officials would do well to engage residents in a dialogue about what's important to them.
Giving the public a detailed view of what their taxes pay for is a way to encourage citizens' involvement in how government spends their money.
Important budget decisions needn't be made in an atmosphere of anger or ignorance. There's much that governments can do to engage the public in the process.