Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 9:30am - 11:00am
WisPolitics.com and the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business at the UW-Milwaukee campus host The Concord Coalition and colleagues for a discussion of the national debt and deficits.
Three budget and public policy experts will discuss state and national fiscal challenges and engage a civil discourse about ways to improve both the short- an long-term economic outlook while reducing deficits.
These speakers will focus on national and state tax reform, the work of the upcoming joint Congressional "super committee," and the impact of politics on public policy.
- Diane Lim Rogers, chief economist, The Concord Coalition and award winning blogger “economistmom.com”; she also served as Chief Economist for the House Budget Committee and was Research Director of the Budgeting for National Priorities project at the Brookings Institution.
- Alan Viard, resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute; he also served as a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and worked for the Treasury Department's Office of Tax Analysis, the White House's Council of Economic Advisers, and the Joint Committee on Taxation of the U.S. Congress.
- George Lightbourn, A former secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Administration, Lightbourn is president of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, WPRI, established in 1987, is a think tank focusing on state and local government tax policy and spending and related program accountability, consequences and effectiveness. It believes ``that competitive free markets, limited government, private initiative, and personal responsibility are essential to our democratic way of life.''
- Jack Norman, Research Director for the Institute for Wisconsin's Future. Prior to his time at the Institute, Dr. Norman was a business and local news reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal and the Milwaukee Journal.
About Forum Events:
The Concord Coalition believes that only with an engaged, informed and demanding public can the nation's fiscal challenges be met. The Concord Coalition's mission is to cut through the usual partisan rhetoric and stimulate a more realistic public dialogue on what we want our nation's future to look like, along with the required trade-offs. We believe that elected leaders in Washington know there is a problem, but they are unlikely to act unless forced to by their constituents.