Spotlight City: Tax Day Town Hall in Tampa

BY Jason M. Breslow  April 14, 2010 at 6:00 PM EST

All week in Tampa, we’ve been exploring what Americans think about their government, including reactions to the foreclosure crisis, health care reform, federal spending and more.

A pivotal part of our coverage: a town hall meeting where local residents were able to give voice to issues around the economy, partisanship, politics, government spending and more. We’ll have a special report on the event on Thursday’s NewsHour.

Judy Woodruff moderated the event as part of our “Spotlight City” reporting series with featured guests Christina Romer, chair of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, and former Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., among others.

In this excerpt, Romer addresses the question of one Floridian who lost her job and now may lose her home:

Read our live blog of the event after the jump. Dave Gustafson contributed to this report.