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Steve Robinson
Steve Robinson
Chief Economist

Steve Robinson is the chief economist at the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to educating the public and finding common sense solutions to our nation’s fiscal policy challenges.

Prior to joining Concord, Mr. Robinson served over three decades as an advisor to senior administration officials and members of congress, including the Social Security Administration, the Joint Economic Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the House and Senate Budget Committees.  He played a key role in the development of the Social Security Protection Act of 2004, and Title III of the Senate immigration bill in 2006.  Robinson has conducted public policy seminars for the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University; and he was recognized by National Journal as one of “The Hill 100” key congressional staff for his work on Social Security.

Robinson is a graduate of the University of West Georgia, BA Mass Communications, and the University of London, MSc Finance and Economic Policy.

Recent Publications

The Potential Cost of New Entitlements - Part 3
September 21, 2021
Introduction President Biden’s FY 2022 budget proposes to spend nearly $1.7 trillion over the next ten years on several new or expanded entitlement programs for children, college students, the elderly, and the disabled.  The budget also contains various tax increases intended to pay for these programs.  But the possibility exists that these programs will cost more than projected, and the taxes will generate less revenue than projected -- or both.
Social Security and the Federal Budget
August 31, 2021
Introduction The impact of the Social Security program on the Federal budget has been the subject of much controversy and confusion.  Indeed, disagreement between the Social Security and Medicare actuaries resulted in a lengthy addition to the “Statement of Actuarial Opinion” beginning in 2014 and continuing through last year’s Social Security Trustees’ report.[1]  The controversy centers on whether it is appropriate to discuss the impact of Social Security and Medicare on the Federal budget, and, if so, how to properly measure that impact.
The Potential Cost of New Entitlements - Part 2
August 25, 2021
Part 2: College Students Introduction President Biden’s FY 2022 Budget proposes to spend nearly $1.7 trillion over the next ten years on several new or expanded entitlement programs for children, college students, the elderly, and the disabled.  The budget also contains various tax increases intended to pay for these programs.  But the possibility exists that these programs will cost more than projected, and the taxes will generate less revenue than projected, or both.