Discretionary Spending

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Sequestration Is a Bad Way to Make Budget Cuts

December 07, 2017
To reduce budget deficits, policymakers must make politically painful policy changes by raising taxes on constituents and/or reducing spending on services provided to them. Because different tax increases or spending cuts of the same magnitude do not always have the same impact, policymakers should aim to make informed decisions that target these policy changes rationally.
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Concord Coalition Celebrates 25 Years in Manchester, NH

Oct. 12, 2017, 6:00pm-7:00pm
NH Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College
1000 Saint Anselm Dr., Manchester, NH 03102

Budget Chaos in Context: Fiscal Lessons Learned for a Challenging Future


Join The Concord Coalition -- in Manchester, NH -- as we mark our 25th anniversary by looking at fiscal lessons learned in the past quarter-century and how those lessons can apply to the major policy challenges of the next 25 years. While the political and economic landscapes have changed, one thing remains the same: our fiscal trajectory is unsustainable.



  • Judd Gregg is a former Republican United States senator for New Hampshire, in office from 1993 to 2011, serving as Budget Committee chairman from 2005 to 2007. Gregg is on The Concord Coalition’s national board of directors and previously served as New Hampshire governor.

  • Kent Conrad is a former Democratic United States senator for North Dakota, in office from 1987 to 2013 and serving as Budget Committee chairman from 2001 to 2003, and again from 2007 to 2013.  

  • Robert L. Bixby is executive director of The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan grassroots organization that advocates for generationally responsible fiscal policy.


Senator Judd Gregg
Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH)


Senator Conrad
Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND)