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Celebrating our 25th Anniversary in Concord, MA: Fiscal Lessons for the Future

Sep. 25, 2017, 12:00pm-1:30pm
The Colonial Inn
48 Monument Square, Concord, MA 01742
Free; RSVP required

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

Join The Concord Coalition as we mark our 25th anniversary by looking at fiscal lessons learned the past quarter-century and how those lessons 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.


  • Congresswoman Niki Tsongas is the United States representative for the third district of Massachusetts, a seat she has held since 2007 and the same seat held three decades earlier by her late husband, Paul Tsongas. Paul was also a senator, presidential candidate and co-founder of The Concord Coalition.  

  • Doug Elmendorf is an economist, dean and Don K. Price professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and was the director of the Congressional Budget Office from 2009 to 2015.

  • Scot Lehigh is a columnist for the Boston Globe, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in national reporting for his coverage of the 1988 presidential campaign and has covered state and national politics since 1985. Scot will moderate a panel taking place during the event.

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


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

When: Monday, September 25 12:00 p.m., Lunch & Registration; 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Program

Where: The Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord, MA 01742

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Issue Brief

A Tale of Two Deadlines

Two deadlines converge by coincidence this year. They are not related to one another and the precise consequences of failing to deal with them in a timely manner are different. Missing either of the deadlines, however, has the potential to do harm to the nation’s fiscal situation and the economy. There is certainly no good reason for provoking a standoff on either.

Budgets & Bagels

Jun. 28, 2017, 8:30am-10:00am
Concord Staff:
Sheehan Phinney
1000 Elm Street, 17th Floor, Manchester, NH 03101
Free; RSVP required

Join The Concord Coalition for coffee, bagels and a nonpartisan discussion on federal fiscal policy,
its impact on you and why your voice matters.

The federal debt will soon hit $20 trillion. Non-partisan agencies, such as the Congressional Budget Office and the Government Accountability Office warn that the budget is on an unsustainable path, while few in Congress or the Trump Administration seem to be concerned. They should be.

Special Publication

U.S. Congress Needs to Do Its Job

In a recent op-ed, Chase Hagaman, regional director of The Concord Coalition, and Alex Talcott, a member of Concord's New Hampshire advisory board, explain why Congress should wrap up the disap