The Concord Coalition

The Concord Coalition The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about America's fiscal challenges and how to build a sound foundation for economic growth.
The Concord Coalition is a non-partisan grassroots organization raising awareness about the dangerous state of the federal budget, and how it could lead to an economic crisis that would bankrupt the next generation. By inspiring and educating the public, we hope to give our lawmakers the support they need to change course now before this risk becomes reality. Discuss this issue with friends, and for more information, please visit our website at http://www.concordcoalition.org.

Federal Budget Begins to Show Effects of Coronavirus Pandemic. Our analysis of the Congressional Budget Office April Mon...
05/12/2020
Federal Budget Begins to Show Effects of Coronavirus Pandemic

Federal Budget Begins to Show Effects of Coronavirus Pandemic. Our analysis of the Congressional Budget Office April Monthly Budget Review.

Every month, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office looks back at revenue and expenditures for the prior month, analyzes the trends, and provides lawmakers with a snapshot of the budget’s performance to-date for the current fiscal year, relative to expectations. The federal fiscal year runs f...

Federal Reserve Board chairs do not often comment on U.S. fiscal policy, making what occurred last week so unusual.
05/07/2020
Fed Chairman Powell's Fiscal Advice

Federal Reserve Board chairs do not often comment on U.S. fiscal policy, making what occurred last week so unusual.

Federal Reserve Board chairs do not often comment on U.S. fiscal policy, so it was unusual last week when the current chair, Jerome Powell, said in a press conference, “This is the time to use the great fiscal power of the United States to do what we can to support the economy and try to get throu...

Facing the Future features Brian Riedl w/the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and Arielle Kane w/the Progressive ...
05/06/2020

Facing the Future features Brian Riedl w/the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and Arielle Kane w/the Progressive Policy Institute. They talk #HealthCare, the #NationalDebt and #BudgetDeficits during "In for a Penny, in for a Pound." Check out the podcast and video clips!

Practice safe #SocialDistancing. Go Remote. That's what #FacingTheFuture w/The Concord Coalition is doing, and we still feature top #PolicyExperts!

Concord Coalition Senior Policy Advisor, Josh Gordon, Director of Health Care at the Progressive Policy Institute, Arielle Kane, and Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Brian Riedl join the program for a discussion on ideas to protect America’s #HealthCare system and #Patients during the #COVID19 #Pandemic, as well as new #NationalDebt and #FederalBudget #Deficit projections and their potential effects.

Listen to "In for a Penny, in for a Pound." Click here: https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/penny-pound.

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The radio show is on WKXL 103.9-Concord News Radio and the podcast can be found just about everywhere.

No plan for jump-starting the economy, let alone for putting it on a solid pro-growth path, can succeed until the pandem...
05/05/2020
Post Pandemic: "Old Normal" Won’t be Good Enough

No plan for jump-starting the economy, let alone for putting it on a solid pro-growth path, can succeed until the pandemic is brought under control.

Once we have succeeded at that, returning to the old normal will not be good enough.

Last year, The Concord Coalition began a new project exploring the building blocks of a fiscally responsible economic growth agenda. The project focused on health care reform, workforce growth, productivity investments, worker training and sustainable solvency for Social Security.

Facing the Future
04/29/2020

Facing the Future

Still remote. Still socially distant. And still featuring great content on #FacingTheFuture w/The Concord Coalition and on
WKXL 103.9-Concord News Radio.

Marc Goldwein from Committee For a Responsible Federal Budget and Phil Sletten from the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute join me to discuss how the #NationalDebt, federal #BudgetDeficits, #SocialSecurity and the state of #NewHampshire are impacted by the #COVID19 #Pandemic.

Listen to "To Infinity and Beyond." Click here: https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/infinity-and-beyond.

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#HealthCrisis #FiscalPolicy #Coronavirus #NHPolitics

04/23/2020
Why cant we deficit finance Social Security and Medicare long term?

The government is borrowing trillions to respond to the impact from Coronavirus. Why can't we keep borrowing to fully fund Social Security and Medicare when their trust funds run out?

Tori Gorman explains.

The government is borrowing trillions to respond to the impact from Coronavirus. Why can't we keep borrowing to fully fund Social Security and Medicare when ...

Facing the Future
04/23/2020

Facing the Future

Remote and socially distant, #FacingTheFuture w/ The Concord Coalition & on WKXL 103.9-Concord News Radio features Concord's Policy Director Tori Gorman and Urban Institute fellow Eugene Steuerle.

We discuss when pay-fors should be considered for #COVID19 related #EconomicRelief packages passed by #Congress, when #Policymakers should address long-term #BudgetDeficits and what new aid packages #ElectedLeaders are exploring.

Listen to "When This is Over."

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#HealthCrisis #Stimulus #FiscalPolicy #Coronavirus

04/23/2020
Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports- 2020

Concord’s Bob Bixby and Tori Gorman discuss the Social Security and Medicare Trustees report and what it means in the age of Coronavirus.

The Concord Coalition's Executive Director, Robert L. Bixby and Policy Director Tori Gorman discuss the Social Security and Medicare Trustees report and what...

This year’s Social Security and Medicare Trustee’s reports demonstrate serious pre-existing problems that must be dealt ...
04/22/2020
Trustees’ Reports Show Serious Problems Predating COVID Pandemic

This year’s Social Security and Medicare Trustee’s reports demonstrate serious pre-existing problems that must be dealt with to ensure a sound economic future after the nation recovers from the current crisis.

WASHINGTON -- While the nation’s attention is justifiably focused on containing the spread of COVID-19 and alleviating the resulting economic damage, The Concord Coalition said today that this year’s reports from the trustees of Social Security and Medicare demonstrate serious pre-existing probl...

This week's Facing the Future features American Enterprise Institute's Joe Antos and UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law's...
04/16/2020

This week's Facing the Future features American Enterprise Institute's Joe Antos and UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law's Lucy Hodder. Check out "In a Crisis, Pull out All the Stops." Watch video clips from the show too!

Still recording remotely and abiding by #SocialDistancing standards. #FacingTheFuture w/ The Concord Coalition and on WKXL 103.9-Concord News Radio features Concord's Executive Director Bob Bixby, American Enterprise Institute's Joe Antos and UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law's Lucy Hodder.

We discuss the #COVID19 #Pandemic’s impact on the nation's #HealthCare system, as well as how states are responding to it and using #FederalRelief funds.

Listen to "In a Crisis, Pull out All the Stops."

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#HealthCrisis #Stimulus #FiscalPolicy #Coronavirus #Recovery #Economy #NHPolitics

04/13/2020

"We are in the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis where, in order to save hundreds of thousands of American lives, large sectors of our economy have been placed in a self-induced coma. The Concord Coalition supports the federal government’s efforts to sustain workers and the domestic economy until it is safe to reboot the economy."

https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/please-dont-pass-salt

Catch up on #FacingTheFuture while social distancing!This week, we discussed recent Congressional legislation enacted in...
04/09/2020
Don't Pass the SALT

Catch up on #FacingTheFuture while social distancing!

This week, we discussed recent Congressional legislation enacted in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, what additional aid is being considered, challenges facing the Congressional Budget Office and health care cost growth trends.

https://www.concordcoalition.org/index.php/blog-post/dont-pass-salt

On the latest Facing the Future, I was joined by former Congressman and Ambassador Richard N. Swett, Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby, Policy Director Tori Gorman and Senior Policy Advisor Josh Gordon.

Facing the Future features Chase talking to former Ambassador and Congressman Richard Nelson Swett. Listen to, and watch...
04/08/2020

Facing the Future features Chase talking to former Ambassador and Congressman Richard Nelson Swett. Listen to, and watch parts of, "Don't Pass the #SALT," as the show dives into #Pandemic #ReliefPackages coming from #TheHill.

While maintaining #SocialDistancing, #FacingTheFuture w/ The Concord Coalition and on WKXL 103.9-Concord News Radio continues remotely. Even recorded some video footage of the conversation to share!

Former Ambassador and Congressman Richard Nelson Swett, as well as Concord's Executive Director Bob Bixby, Policy Director Tori Gorman and Senior Policy Advisor Josh Gordon, joined me to discuss recent Congressional #Legislation enacted in response to the #Coronavirus #Pandemic, what additional #Aid is being considered, challenges facing the #CBO and #HealthCare cost growth trends.

Listen to "Don't Pass the #SALT."

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#HealthCrisis #Stimulus #FiscalPolicy #COVID19 #Recovery #Economy

04/08/2020

"We are in the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis where, in order to save hundreds of thousands of American lives, large sectors of our economy have been placed in a self-induced coma. The Concord Coalition supports the federal government’s efforts to sustain workers and the domestic economy until it is safe to reboot the economy, provided that such actions are timely, targeted, and temporary."

https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/please-dont-pass-salt

"As the nation grapples with devastating healthcare and economic consequences of the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, policy...
04/07/2020
Fight the Wolf, Then the Termites

"As the nation grapples with devastating healthcare and economic consequences of the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers in Washington have been ratcheting-up their responses. Bills and proposals have included actions to fight the virus, maintain employment and stimulate the economy. Given the unique nature of the crisis we are facing, vigorous efforts are needed on all these fronts."

https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/fight-wolf-then-termites

As the nation grapples with devastating healthcare and economic consequences of the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers in Washington have been ratcheting-up their responses. Bills and proposals have included actions to fight the virus, maintain employment and stimulate the economy. Given the....

“The magnitude of the budgetary effects of the act is uncertain to an extraordinary degree. It will depend on the durati...
04/06/2020
CBO's Big Challenge

“The magnitude of the budgetary effects of the act is uncertain to an extraordinary degree. It will depend on the duration of the current declaration of a public health emergency the severity of the effects of COVID-19, and how quickly measures to curb the pandemic begin to work," noted the U.S. Congressional Budget Office.

https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/cbos-big-challenge

It seems likely that when Phil Swagel took over as director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) last June he did not think he would need to include assumptions about “social distancing” as part of the cost estimates the agency would produce. Nor does it seem likely that he envisioned having...

"The novel coronavirus has spread across the globe. Here in the United States, the pandemic has placed enormous strains ...
04/03/2020
Collection of Information Related to the Fiscal Impacts of Coronavirus

"The novel coronavirus has spread across the globe. Here in the United States, the pandemic has placed enormous strains on our healthcare system as health providers struggles to treat thousands of citizens sickened by the virus. Our economy is also suffering as non-essential businesses are forced to close their doors and Americans are asked to stay at home in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus. The federal fiscal response to the outbreak in the U.S. has properly focused on two objectives: fight the virus and stabilize the domestic economy."

https://www.concordcoalition.org/special-publication/collection-information-related-fiscal-impacts-coronavirus

As the federal government responds to the coronavirus and its economic impact, The Concord Coalition will track and comment on fiscal policy-related actions by policymakers. The novel coronavirus has spread across the globe. Here in the United States, the pandemic has placed enormous strains on our....

This week's Facing the Future even has video of the conversation. Check it out!
04/02/2020

This week's Facing the Future even has video of the conversation. Check it out!

In another fully-remote recording of #FacingTheFuture w/ The Concord Coalition and on WKXL 103.9-Concord News Radio, we had a full house (figuratively speaking) and produced some video of the conversation too!

Concord's Executive Director Bob Bixby, Policy Director Tori Gorman, Senior Policy Advisor Josh Gordon and #EconomistMom and Director of Outreach & Senior Advisor at the Penn Wharton Budget Model Diane Lim joined me.

We discussed recent Congressional #ReliefPackages, what additional #Aid might be coming and the #EconomicImpact of the #Coronavirus #Pandemic.

Listen to "Best for the Long Term: Make It a Short Term Problem."

Click Below. Like. Share. Subscribe. https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/best-long-term-make-it-short-term-problem.

#PWBM #HealthCrisis #EmergencyResponse #Stimulus #FiscalPolicy #Congress #Trump #WhiteHouse #Workforce #Investment #COVID19 #Recovery #GDP #Economy #NationalDebt #BudgetDeficit #Partisanship #Bipartisanship #SocialDistancing #StayHome #WorkRemote #HomeStudio

"The main concern is to maintain cash flows for employers, states, families and individuals in the face of efforts to ke...
03/31/2020
Fight the Wolf, Then the Termites

"The main concern is to maintain cash flows for employers, states, families and individuals in the face of efforts to keep people at home and close non-essential businesses. As income plummets, businesses will face insolvency through no fault of their own, layoffs will surge, 'gig' workers will go broke and states will run through available cash. Making sure that businesses can stay afloat and that individuals can pay their essential bills such as rent, mortgages, healthcare, food and utilities is necessary to prevent a much deeper economic problem."

https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/fight-wolf-then-termites

As the nation grapples with devastating healthcare and economic consequences of the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers in Washington have been ratcheting-up their responses. Bills and proposals have included actions to fight the virus, maintain employment and stimulate the economy. Given the....

To be effective, fiscal responses to the COVID-19 pandemic should be timely, targeted, and temporary. They should also b...
03/26/2020
Fight the Wolf, Then the Termites

To be effective, fiscal responses to the COVID-19 pandemic should be timely, targeted, and temporary. They should also be large enough to have an impact. While the costs will be substantial, and will inevitably result in a major spike in the debt, this concern must take a back seat for now to protecting the nation’s physical and economic health.

https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/fight-wolf-then-termites

As the nation grapples with devastating healthcare and economic consequences of the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers in Washington have been ratcheting-up their responses. Bills and proposals have included actions to fight the virus, maintain employment and stimulate the economy. Given the....

This week's Facing the Future features Don Marron from the Urban Institute. Check out "Doing What it Takes" to hear his ...
03/25/2020
Facing the Future

This week's Facing the Future features Don Marron from the Urban Institute. Check out "Doing What it Takes" to hear his take on the #Coronavirus response and #Economic impact.

In its first fully-remote recording to practice effective #SocialDistancing, #FacingTheFuture w/ The Concord Coalition and on WKXL 103.9-Concord News Radio features Concord's Executive Director Bob Bixby and Don Marron, an Urban Institute fellow and director of economic policy initiatives.

We discuss the #FederalGovernment’s response to the #Coronavirus, the #EconomicFallout of the #Pandemic and the relevance of the #CongressionalBudgetOffice's latest baseline update.

Listen to "Doing What it Takes." Click Below. Like. Share. Subscribe.

#CBO #HealthCrisis #EmergencyResponse #ReliefPackage #Stimulus #FiscalPolicy #Congress #Trump #WhiteHouse #Workforce #Investment #COVID19 #Recovery #GDP #Economy #NationalDebt #BudgetDeficit #Partisanship #Bipartisanship

Tune in today for a new episode of Facing the Future. Last week, Chase and the team discussed the federal government’s r...
03/25/2020
Emergency Response, Necessary Deficits

Tune in today for a new episode of Facing the Future.

Last week, Chase and the team discussed the federal government’s response to the Coronavirus, including stimulus packages and their potential impact on long-term fiscal policy.

https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/emergency-response-necessary-deficits

On the latest Facing the Future, I was joined by Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby and Policy Director Tori Gorman. We discussed the federal government’s response to the Coronavirus, including stimulus packages and their potential impact on long-term fiscal policy.

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New article on SA
Thank you for common sense. Can you deliver some of this to Congress?
Believe you are dead right on need control healthcare costs. Need large discussion of specifics. Let DNR mean DNR. Publicize bureaucrat and consruction expenses. Open the books in the local papers. Must be a little confrontational and T V oriented to get attention.
If medical technology and inventions to improve and add to the extension of living longer lives had not been achieved, then those of us over 65 would no longer be a burden to SS, Medicare, Medicaid, and other federally funded 'safety net' programs (entitlements). The federal government’s financial problems are so large that all parts of the budget -- from entitlements to defense spending to tax breaks -- should be considered “on the table” for fiscal reform discussions.