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Providing Context for Federal Budget Numbers

June 14, 2016

Federal budget debates often feature large numbers without any context. This can leave the public confused, write Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) and Robert L. Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition, in a recent op-ed for The Hill.

“The key to making sense of our nation’s fiscal problems is to look at ratios and trends, not just raw numbers,” they write. “And the ratio that makes the most sense is how any particular number compares to the size of the economy.”

The national debt provides a good example.

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Disagreement Over War Funding Continues

June 07, 2016

Conflict over military funding returns to Capitol Hill as appropriators and some defense hawks spar over using a special account supporting combat operations to increase defense spending

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Hopeful Millennials Must Tackle Big Problems

May 31, 2016

Many millennials have high hopes for the future that include addressing climate change, pioneering improvements in health care, making college more affordable and keeping the country strong.

But Chase Hagaman, New England regional director for The Concord Coalition, says millennials “must also grapple with some unpleasant realities that previous generations have handed us: massive government debt and unsustainable long-term fiscal policies.”