“Haven’t heard of First Budget? You would if you attended candidates’ events in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina or other early caucus and primary states... Its members are pressing, politely but relentlessly, for answers about America’s perilous finances from the men and women who would be our 45th president.” – Chicago Tribune

First Budget is a joint nonpartisan initiative of The Concord Coalition and the Campaign to Fix the Debt. The initiative will raise public awareness of the dangers posed by the nation’s unsustainable budget policies and make solving this problem a high priority for the 2016 presidential candidates. Our effort starts with the early nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire and will bring together volunteers, business leaders, students and others to deliver an emphatic message of fiscal and generational responsibility to presidential candidates, the media, and voters.

For More Information On First Budget:


Visit the First Budget website.

Check out First Budget's assessment of presidential candidates' rhetoric and plans about the national debt. 

Read the First Budget issue guide, a non-partisan resource for voters, media and candidates on the major fiscal challenges facing the country. 

Check out some of the great national and local news coverage First Budget has received throughout the last year:

  • As Granite State citizens head to the voting booth, Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert Bixby and the Campaign to Fix the Debt's Maya MacGuineas write in the Foster's Daily Democrat voters must ask themselves which candidate has credible solutions to fix the debt. – February 9, 2016
  • The Des Moines Register and Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier highlight First Budget's report in calling on candidates to give more details on their plans to achieve fiscal sustainability. – February 1, 2016
  • The Chicago Tribune praises First Budget's efforts in Iowa and New Hampshire in an editorial asking presidential candidates to focus on the unsustainable rise in national debt and voters to urge candidates to address this "existential threat" facing the country. – July 31, 2015
  • Former Senators Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) appear on MSNBC's Morning Joe program to discuss First Budget and the fiscal situation the next president will inherit. – March 3, 2015
  • Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert Bixby discusses the goals for First Budget on the New Hampshire Public Radio show "The Exchange." – January 21, 2015
  • The Wall Street Journal covers the launch of the First Budget initiative. – January 21, 2015

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