September 2, 2014

Publications

27 Aug, 2014 - Press Release

WASHINGTON -- While there has been some recent good news for the federal budget, The Concord Coalition said today that updated projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) should remind policymakers that the aging of the population is dramatically but predictably reshaping government spending and fiscal reforms are the only way to prevent the negative economic consequences.

“Despite a slowing of health care inflation and lower annual deficits since their heights during the recession, the CBO’s projections demonstrate that our basic structural problem remains -- growth in...

Recent Publications

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4 Aug, 2010 - Press Release
WASHINGTON----With the 2010 Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ Report scheduled to be released on Thursday, The Concord Coalition today urged lawmakers, the president’s fiscal commission and the public to focus on the report’s projected cost growth of the two largest entitlement programs rather... Read More
19 Jul, 2010 - Special Publication
This Op-Ed was originally published on The Boston Globe. Click here for original post.By Robert L. BixbyCAN WE handle the truth? More specifically, can we handle the truth when it is ambiguous? That is a question policymakers and the public face as they grapple with the best way forward on fiscal... Read More
30 Jun, 2010 - Special Publication
http://www.concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/FinalBixbyFiscalCommissionTestimony.pdf
Exploring Solutions to Our Long-Term Fiscal ChallengesStatement of Robert L. BixbyExecutive Director, Concord CoalitionCo-Chairs Bowles and Simpson and members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, thank you for inviting me to discuss solutions to the nation’s long-term... Read More
7 Jun, 2010 - Special Publication
As concern about long-term federal deficits and debt mounts, some policy experts in Washington have been discussing the possibility of a value-added tax, or “VAT.” Some envision it as a replacement for current taxes while others favor it as an add-on to raise additional revenue. Although Congress... Read More
24 May, 2010 - Issue Brief
With pressure mounting to show progress in reining in the nation’s unsustainable structural budget deficit, Social Security reform may soon return to the policy agenda. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush each made attempts at reforming Social Security in their second terms when they no... Read More
10 May, 2010 - Issue Brief
http://www.concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/Emergency_Spending_Brief.pdf
Over the next few weeks, we will be hearing a lot about supplemental appropriations and emergency spending as Congress turns to a major supplemental spending bill that will likely include funding for the war effort and other priorities.  As discussed in the Washington Budget Report ... Read More
3 May, 2010 - Special Publication
http://www.concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/Budget_Resolution_Issue_Statement.pdf
We need a budget. Our deficit is hovering near post-WWII record levels and is on an unsustainable path. Our debt is projected to double over the next 10 years, reaching an alarming 90 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP). The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned developed... Read More
16 Apr, 2010 - Press Release
WASHINGTON — With the official April 15 deadline for a finished budget resolution having passed without even a mark-up in the House or Senate, The Concord Coalition today strongly urged Congress not to abandon its responsibility to pass a budget resolution.“Our nation faces serious fiscal... Read More
12 Apr, 2010 - Special Publication
When Congress returns from the recess, one of the first items on the agenda will be the annual Congressional budget resolution.   The staff for the Budget and Appropriations Committees has been busy over the recess, and it is likely that we will see a flurry of budget related activities... Read More
8 Apr, 2010 - Special Publication
With Congress having passed an expensive new health care plan, it is a good time to ask whether our political system is capable of undertaking major entitlement and tax reform to put the nation on a sustainable fiscal path.It must do so -- sooner rather than later. However, it is far from clear... Read More