October 22, 2014

The Can Kicks Back in Denver: High Stakes for Young Americans

Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby and other speakers at the University of Denver on Friday put the spotlight on the high risks of irresponsible fiscal policies to young Americans.

Although the federal deficit dropped significantly in the fiscal year that just ended, Bixby emphasized that Washington still needs to deal with systemic budget problems that could jeopardize the nation’s prosperity and strength. How our elected officials deal with these larger challenges could have a dramatic impact on how much today’s students will pay in taxes and receive in government benefits throughout their lives.

The program was presented by the University of Denver, The Concord Coalition, Travelers Institute and The Can Kicks Back, an organization mobilizing young Americans to work towards greater sustainability and generational equity in the federal budget.

Isabel V. Sawhill, a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, and Joan Woodward, president of Travelers Institute, also spoke at the event, which included a screening of the Travelers documentary “Overdraft.” Sawhill lamented the lack of greater statesmanship in Washington, and Woodward emphasized the need for more public education about the federal budget.

The event was part of the “Generational Equity Tour,” a series of programs across the country that began in California and will end with an Oct. 31 rally at the Capitol.