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Steve Winn
Communications Director

Steve Winn is the communications director for The Concord Coalition. He handles media requests and works with the organization’s policy experts in preparing issue briefs, blogs, op-ed articles and broadcast commentary. He edits the newsletter that Concord usually publishes each week Congress is in session.

Winn also speaks to college classes, community groups and other organizations about the nation’s fiscal and economic challenges. He is involved with Concord’s grassroots programs around the country, working with the organization’s field staff and local partners in presenting public forums and deficit-reduction exercises. He arranges briefings for newspaper editorial boards and other journalists.

Winn has taught courses on the media, politics and American society at Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies in the Kansas City area.

Before joining Concord in 2009, he held several reporting and editing positions during a 30-year career at The Kansas City Star. As the paper’s deputy editorial page editor, he frequently wrote about national politics, economics, health care policy and the need for fiscal reform.

Winn has a master's degree in liberal arts with an emphasis in history from Baker University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

The Concord Coalition is a national, nonpartisan organization dedicated to fiscal responsibility and reform. It was founded in 1992 by Peter G. Peterson, former U.S. commerce secretary; Warren Rudman, a Republican senator from New Hampshire, and Paul Tsongas, a former Democratic senator from Massachusetts.

Recent Publications

No Joke: More Deficit-Financed Tax Cuts Would Be a Big Mistake
March 19, 2018
It probably isn’t a good sign when a political project is initially mistaken for a joke. But President Trump and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady last week found themselves having to insist that they were serious about wanting a new round of tax cuts on top of the deficit-financed tax cuts that were approved only three months ago.
Budget Process Badly Needs an Upgrade
March 12, 2018
A new joint congressional committee on the budget process held its first meeting Thursday amid bipartisan hopes that the panel would be able to suggest helpful reforms late this year. Certainly there is room for improvement. Year after year the budget process has broken down, with Congress failing to make final spending decisions for each fiscal year until well after that year has started.
Understandable Skepticism on Trump’s Infrastructure Plan
March 09, 2018
The Trump administration unveiled its long-awaited infrastructure plan with great fanfare last month. While the nation has many infrastructure needs, however, the plan seems to be generating little interest in Washington. It’s not hard to see why. While the administration has promoted this as a $1.5 trillion program, it actually calls for only $200 billion in federal funding over 10 years. The remaining $1.3 trillion is supposed to come from state and local governments as well as the private sector as the result of federal incentives.