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Joshua Gordon
Policy Director

Joshua B. Gordon is the Policy Director of The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about federal budget issues and their consequences for the future. The Concord Coalition was founded in 1992 by the late U.S. Senators Warren Rudman (R-NH) and Paul Tsongas (D-MA), and former Secretary of Commerce Peter G. Peterson.

Mr. Gordon directs The Concord Coalition's research on the federal budget, health care policy and tax policy and is the editor of Concord's blog. He frequently discusses Concord’s positions in public speeches and interviews with the media. He also directs Concord’s classroom curriculum and its budget simulations, and was a research advisor for the Sundance Film Festival Documentary I.O.U.S.A. He has been with Concord since 2001.

Mr. Gordon has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida and wrote his dissertation on the budget process and the House Appropriations Committee. He also has a Master’s degree from the University of Florida and taught classes there on American Politics and on Congress. He recently served as an Adjunct Professor for the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Recent Publications

Health Care Spending Stabilized in 2017
December 11, 2018
The federal government’s chief health care actuaries have released their wrap-up of 2017 National Health Expenditures, showing that health care spending remained nearly the same percentage of the economy as in 2016: 17.9 percent.
More Tax Cuts, Huge Deficits
September 24, 2018
The House Ways and Means Committee is looking to pass more deficit-financed tax cuts, most notably by pressing to extend tax cuts passed in 2017 beyond their 2025 expiration dates. The Congressional Budget Office released a score of that legislation, projecting it will increase the deficit by $631 billion from 2019-2028 and by substantially more over the following years.
Climbing Out of the Hole Will be Difficult
September 04, 2018
A few weeks ago, we discussed a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report that showed its standard projections, which assume current laws remain in place, likely understate the projected path of debt and that if Congress continues certain recent policies, the path gets much worse, bringing key economic outcomes down with it.