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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

New Study Highlights State Budget Problems
November 13, 2017
When state and local governments run into serious financial problems, they often turn to Washington in search of possible solutions. So with the federal government already on an unsustainable fiscal path, a new report raises troubling questions about many state budget practices around the country. The report expressed particular concern about “legacy costs,” which include retirement obligations for public employees and retiree health care.
Tax Overhaul Concerns
October 30, 2017
House Republican leaders are scheduled to unveil specifics of their tax overhaul plan this week, a plan that Republicans hope to push through Congress in a matter of weeks. While the inefficient, overly complex tax code has long needed reform, there are several big concerns about the current effort: 1. Republicans should rethink their plans to increase the federal deficit to finance the tax cuts.
Iowans, Playing Role of Lawmakers, Slice U.S. Deficits
October 16, 2017
While elected officials in Washington are considering various proposals that would increase the federal deficit, dozens of Iowa residents demonstrated in a recent budget exercise that they strongly favor moving in the opposite direction -- one that would substantially reduce projected government borrowing in the next few years.