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UTSA hosts Fiscal Solutions Tour panelists Feb. 10 at Downtown Campus

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(Feb. 9, 2011)--The UTSA College of Public Policy in conjunction with Concord Coalition will host a panel discussion, "Fiscal Solutions Tour: Presentation and Discussion with the Leading National Experts on the Federal Debt," from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10 in the Buena Vista Theater (1.326) on the UTSA Downtown Campus. The panel discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception.

>> Free and open to the public, reservations are required for the event. For reservations, call 210-458-2530.

The Fiscal Solutions discussion is a timely and important event that will help students, faculty, community leaders, educators, policy makers and others cut through partisan rhetoric, ideological divides and political smoke screens regarding the nation's fiscal health.

Panelists will include:

  • Alice Rivlin, member of the Presidential Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, director of the Inaugural Congressional Budget Office, former vice chair of the Federal Reserve, and director of the White House Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton Administration
  • David Walker, founder and CEO of the Comeback America initiative and former comptroller general of the United States
  • Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition and member of the Bipartisan Policy Center Debt Reduction Task Force

"Given the relevance of what is going on in our country today concerning the national debt and fiscal health, it is imperative that policy discussions such as this take place as a way to inform, enlighten and promote dialogue," said Dennis Haynes, interim dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy. "We are thrilled to host this event on campus and are pleased that Concord Coalition has chosen San Antonio as one of many cities to host this event."

Tour participants will talk about the nation's financial future, a range of potential solutions to be considered, what trade-offs will have to be made, and how to leave a stronger and prosperous nation for generations.

This initiative follows up on the Fiscal Wake-Up Tour, a highly acclaimed effort in which budget analysts of diverse perspectives explained why they were increasingly alarmed by the nation's longer-term fiscal outlook. Between 2005 and 2009, the Wake-Up Tour visited more than 70 cities across the country and was the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary "I.O.U.S.A."

The Concord Coalition is a national, grassroots organization dedicated to fiscal responsibility. Former U.S. Senators Warren B. Rudman (R-N.H.) and Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) serve as its co-chairs and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Peter G. Peterson serves as president.



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