10 Sep, 2012
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has repeatedly warned that policy changes must be made to prevent spiraling debt from harming our nation’s economic future.
Credit rating agencies have warned that the growth of debt must be reduced to avoid a downgrade.
Experts from across the... Read More
17 Aug, 2012
The following guest column by Sara Imhof was published by the Iowa City Press-Citizen on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012.
See the original column here.
The challenges facing our federal government are many: At the end of the year, we face a “fiscal cliff” as pre-programmed tax increases and spending cuts... Read More
8 Jun, 2012
The following op-ed by Sara Imhof was published in the Detroit Free Press on June 8, 2012
Although the federal budget and its impact on the economy have dominated this year's political debates, elected officials and candidates have largely focused on short-term concerns and what often sound... Read More
5 Jun, 2012
Washington -- The Concord Coalition said today that new long-term projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) highlight the need for broad fiscal reforms -- and show how disconnected today’s political debates are from the key issues involved in putting the federal budget on a... Read More
16 Apr, 2012
The following Op-Ed by Robert Bixby was published by Politico on April 17, 2012
An ironic consequence of the dueling fiscal plans put forward this year by President Barack Obama and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is that, taken together, they illustrate why Erskine Bowles... Read More
27 Feb, 2012
I. What’s a structural deficit? One possible response to the recent spike in federal budget deficits -- from $161 billion in 2007 to more than $1 trillion in each of the last three years is: Don’t worry. It’s all caused by the bad economy. When the economy recovers, we’ll be fine. This line of... Read More
17 Feb, 2012
While elected officials are celebrating an agreement to extend the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits and the “doc fix” on Medicare reimbursements through the end of this year, there would be much more to celebrate if the deal had included a more comprehensive financing plan.
Instead,... Read More
29 Nov, 2011
The following Op-Ed was originally published by CNNMoney.com. By Robert L. Bixby Well, the super committee gave up. But Congress and President Obama cannot.With the United States moving rapidly toward a dangerous level of national debt, our elected officials must act to end the... Read More
27 Oct, 2011
DURHAM AND CONCORD, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics and School of Law, in partnership with the Concord Coalition, announce today the creation of Next Generation Matters, a series of presidential candidate conversations with students about the... Read More
31 Aug, 2011
Chief economist at the Concord Coalition and blogger at EconomistMom.comThe process leading to the debt limit deal exposed how dysfunctional our political system has become. Thank goodness we will avoid defaulting on our debt, but, on the other hand, it’s hard to conclude that we’ve restored the... Read More