Budget Process

Blog Post

Both Sides Are Guilty of Budget Gimmicks

October 26, 2017
Policymakers in both parties often want to take credit for responsibly offsetting the costs of popular tax cuts or spending increases, but without actually making the hard choices necessary to do so. That would require higher taxes or lower spending in other parts of the budget. So politicians frequently employ budget gimmicks designed to hide the true costs of their decisions. For our leaders to address the nation’s fiscal challenges, these gimmicks need to stop.
Blog Post

PAYGO is an Important Standard

October 18, 2017
Most people agree that current fiscal policies are unsustainable. It is thus a matter of common sense to require those who want to enact new tax cuts or entitlement expansions -- both of which would enlarge the structural deficit -- to put forward spending cuts or tax increases to pay for them. This is the simple concept behind PAYGO (shorthand for Pay-As-You-Go).
In the News

Trump's Debt Clock Ticks as Iowans Try Deficit Reduction

October 12, 2017
The Des Moines Register
Budget Process
Federal Budget
National Debt

It seemed like a quaint exercise, like a quilting bee or a Parcheesi tournament. More than 60 people gathered at Drake University, pens in hand, trying to work out how they would cut the national d

In the News

House Clears First Hurdle in GOP's Race for Tax Reform

October 06, 2017
Sinclair Broadcast Group
Budget Process
Tax Policy

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — House Republicans took the first major step toward passing their ambitious tax reform plan Thursday, but the path ahead remains uncertain and fraught with po

Watch Event

Concord Coalition Celebrates 25 Years in Manchester, NH

Oct. 12, 2017, 6:00pm-7:00pm
NH Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College
1000 Saint Anselm Dr., Manchester, NH 03102

Budget Chaos in Context: Fiscal Lessons Learned for a Challenging Future


Join The Concord Coalition -- in Manchester, NH -- as we mark our 25th anniversary by looking at fiscal lessons learned in the past quarter-century and how those lessons can apply to the major policy challenges of the next 25 years. While the political and economic landscapes have changed, one thing remains the same: our fiscal trajectory is unsustainable.



  • Judd Gregg is a former Republican United States senator for New Hampshire, in office from 1993 to 2011, serving as Budget Committee chairman from 2005 to 2007. Gregg is on The Concord Coalition’s national board of directors and previously served as New Hampshire governor.

  • Kent Conrad is a former Democratic United States senator for North Dakota, in office from 1987 to 2013 and serving as Budget Committee chairman from 2001 to 2003, and again from 2007 to 2013.  

  • Robert L. Bixby is executive director of The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan grassroots organization that advocates for generationally responsible fiscal policy.


Senator Judd Gregg
Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH)


Senator Conrad
Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND)


Principles & Priorties Iowa

Oct. 10, 2017, 7:00pm
Drake University, Olmsted Center
2875 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
Free; RSVP required

Please join us for an interactive, and multi-generational Principles & Priorities exercise. Discover how challenging it is to balance the federal budget, and why it matters.  Hosted by: The Concord Coalition with support from the Drake University College of Business and Public Administration, The Harkin Institute, The Robert D. Ray and Billie Ray Center, and Vote Smart.

Thank you to our sponsors, Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, and Greater Des Moines Partnership.

WHAT: Principles & Priorities Budget Exercise

WHEN: October 10, 2017 from 7-9pm

WHERE: Drake University, Olmsted Center  

Group at table doing budget exercise
Group doing the budget exercise at Drake University
Radio show
Robert Bixby discusses fiscal responsiblity with Jeff Angelo on WHO radio, Des Moines