Blog Post

Popular Options, Like Cutting Waste, Fraud and Abuse or Growing Our Way Out of Debt, Are Not Enough

July 06, 2017
Many politicians who want to simultaneously receive credit for promoting fiscal responsibility while avoiding the tough decisions required often look for easy solutions. The two most common of these are pledges to cut “waste, fraud and abuse” and to “grow our way out of the problem.” These supposedly easy options, however, are not enough to address our nation’s long-term fiscal challenges.

Budgets & Bagels

Jun. 28, 2017, 8:30am-10:00am
Concord Staff:
Chase Hagaman
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.

About the Host
Chase Hagaman Headshot

Chase A. Hagaman is the New England regional director of The Concord Coalition and host of Concord's weekly radio show, "Facing the Future."  

Concord is a nonpartisan organization that encourages fiscal responsibility in Washington and helps to raise public awareness about the need for responsible fiscal policies that protect our children and future generations. 

As a regional director in the field, Hagaman works with community leaders, student groups, business organizations, Concord volunteers, and elected officials across New England and upstate New York. He organizes public education events, performs media outreach and engages volunteers.

As host of "Facing the Future," Hagaman dives into topics related to U.S. fiscal policy -- like health care, taxes, national security, the national debt and more -- with budget experts, industry leaders, elected officials and candidates for public office. The program is broadcast on Concord, New Hampshire radio station WKXL every Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. It is also available via podcast.

Hagaman is a resident of New Hampshire and member of the New Hampshire Bar. He received his law degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of South Florida. Hagaman’s work with law firms, the court system and state and municipal agencies helped shape his passion for public policy. He invests his personal time in his community, including coaching for a high school rowing program.

Hagaman joined Concord to champion the mission of its founders, the late Senators Warren Rudman and Paul Tsongas. As part of the next generation of leaders, Hagaman has become an ardent advocate for lasting reform who works to bridge generational gaps as he brings awareness to fiscal issues.

Blog Post

Trump Needs a Wall of Fiscal Discipline

January 30, 2017

In an interview on Fox News last week, President Trump said that he would like to have a balanced budget “eventually,” but not at the expense of higher spending for the military.