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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

Warnings on the Debt Limit
February 06, 2018
In part because of new deficit-financed tax cuts, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has moved up its projection for when lawmakers must act on the federal debt limit to the first half of March. That projection had previously been late March or early April. If Congress fails to raise the $20.5 trillion debt limit in time, CBO reminded them in a report last week, it “would ultimately lead to delays of payments for government activities, a default on the government’s debt obligations, or both.”
GAO Reports on Medicare's Expensive Prescription Drug Spending
January 29, 2018
A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlights how current law can boost the costs of certain expensive drugs through Medicare. The report focuses on the pricing of Medicare Part B drugs, which are usually administered under a doctor’s supervision. In 2015 Medicare spent $26 billion on Part B drugs.
The High Cost of Stop-Gap Budget Measures
January 26, 2018
No sooner had Congress approved its fourth budget stop-gap measure in four months than lawmakers began talking about the need for a fifth one in February. On Wednesday the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, Majority Whip John Cornyn, raised the possibility that “we may be talking about March” before lawmakers can reach an agreement on spending caps and a final catch-all spending bill for the current fiscal year.