In July, Concord Coalition conducted a Viewpoint Learning exercise in San Jose. The goal was to pinpoint the local community's response to the nation's fiscal challenge and to suggested solutions.
In September, our Fiscal Advisory Council (FAC) met in San Francisco. The FAC members reviewed these results and examined policy choices, creating a consensus report that was sent to Congressional Representatives. In this report, the 33 members pledged to support politicians in the "difficult decisions that must be made," and argued for legislation creating a bipartisan Fiscal Commission. The full text of the letter is here for your viewing. (In related links, we have more detailed information on the use of Commissions.)