It’s that time of year again. Obama recently released his 2012 budget proposal for how to allocate $3.7 trillion. It’s complicated no doubt, but Shan Carter and Amanda Cox of the New York Times make it easier to understand with their interactive treemap. Rectangles are sized by proposed spending and colors indicate percent change from previous year. Darker red rectangles represent bigger drops from the 2011 budget and darker green greater increases. Zoom in and pan as you please.
Regular FD readers will recognize the style from last year’s graphic (also by Shan and Amanda) for Obama’s 2011 budget, but there are a couple of added layers of interaction this year, mostly focused on making it easier to find what you’re interested in. The first is a search box so you can easily search within categories. Search and the graphic zooms in on the area of interest. The second is links to areas of interest in the left sidebar, such as “cuts to low income home energy assistance.”