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The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization that educates on the importance of generationally responsible federal fiscal policy. Concord provides straightforward information about the nation’s fiscal future and helps the public engage elected leaders on key topics, like health care, taxes, national security, domestic investment, Social Security and more.
Facts: The federal government is on an irresponsible, unsustainable path. The national debt is growing beyond historic levels and annual budget deficits will soon eclipse $1 trillion. Plus, due to the growth of interest on the debt and mandatory spending, and a series of tax cuts, the nation is investing less and less in the future.
A massive demographic shift underway as Baby Boomers retire, slower economic growth and a budget that prioritizes policies of the past, could spell trouble for Millennials and generations to come.
Politics: Elected leaders do little more than pay lip service to such challenges, or worse, ignore them entirely. With each passing year of inaction, needed reforms become more costly and possibly more painful.
You: That is why our country needs you to step up, get informed and ask current policymakers and candidates for public office about their priorities, plans and methods to pay for them. How will they achieve their goals, while putting the nation on a more sustainable fiscal track and ensuring that young people are not overburdened by debt?
For our future's sake, #DebtMatters.
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Toward a Fiscally Responsible Economic Growth Agenda
The Concord Coalition is undertaking a project to define and promote a fiscally responsible economic growth agenda using nonpartisan expert analysis, public engagement, and legislative outreach. It will encourage policymakers and emerging new leaders to think beyond traditional remedies in pursuit of solutions to the nation’s fiscal and economic challenges.
To Read Our Full Project Overview click here.
We are now facing a fiscal problem so large and so ingrained in current policy that it poses an economic threat. Over time, our fiscal future and our economic future are inevitably linked. We cannot ensure future economic growth without doing more to ensure fiscal sustainability nor can we ensure fiscal sustainability without doing more to enhance economic growth. It is not a competition between separate goals.As the kickoff to this project, we have partnered with policy experts to examine five fiscal and economic challenges that deserve priority attention.
Here is the line-up of papers and their authors:
- A New Vision for Health Reform (Alice M. Rivlin, The Brookings Institution, and Joseph Antos, American Enterprise Institute
- Promoting Economic Growth Through Social Security Reform (Maya MacGuineas, Marc Goldwein, and Chris Towner, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget)
- Building a Pro-Growth Legal Immigration System (Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Jacqueline Varas, American Action Forum)
- Why Federal R&D Policy Needs to Prioritize Productivity to Drive Growth and Reduce the Debt-to-GDP Ratio (Robert Atkinson, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation)
- Training for Jobs of the Future: Improving Access, Certifying Skills, and Expanding Apprenticeship (Robert Lerman, Pamela Loprest, and Daniel Kuehn, Urban Institute)
Over the long-term, the aim of this project is to create a generation of fiscal and economic stewards who understand the complex relationship between the federal debt and the economy as interdependent factors critical to our future regardless of partisan considerations.
Generous financial support for this project has been provided by Jeff Fox, Chairman and CEO of Harbour Group, St Louis, Missouri.
For a summary and video of our project kick-off event click here.
Building a Pro-Growth Legal Immigration System; Des Moines, IA; May 29
Prioritizing Productivity in Federal R&D Policy to Drive Growth; Washington, DC; Sep. 12
Promoting Economic Growth Through Social Security Reform; West Palm Beach, FL; Sep. 19
A New Vision for Health Reform; Washington; Washington, DC; Sep. 24
Kick-off of Project: Toward a Fiscally Responsible Economic Growth Agenda; Washington, DC; Oct. 3
Don't Delay Reforms to Shore Up Social Security, The Daily Herald (Everett, Washington)
Government Urged to Boost R&D Spending, The Wall Street Journal
Legal immigration is best way to fill shortage of willing and able workers Des Moines Register Op-Ed
Close Up: Tackling Immigration KCCI TV (Iowa)
Report: U.S. Visas Should Focus on Economic Development Business Record (Iowa)
Can Immigration Reform Benefit Iowa's Economy? WHO Radio Need to Know with Jeff Angelo (Iowa)
Insiders: Building Pro-Growth Legal Immigration WHO TV (Iowa)