WisPolitics.com and UW-Milwaukee host The Concord Coalition: Debt and Deficit Reduction: Time for Action
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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.