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Concord Coalition Report Shows Eagerness for Reform, Readiness to Make Tough Choices on Fiscal Priorities
Date:12/7/2009

surance coverage, encouraging healthier lifestyles, and improving communication among doctors and between doctors and patients.

The project overview notes that many advisory council members were particularly motivated by concern for future generations: "They argued that American adults today should be trying to build a better future for those who will follow us, not leaving them with a mountain of debt and liabilities."

The advisory councils see a need for elected leaders, journalists, educators and community leaders to help the public become better informed about the fiscal and economic challenges facing the country. Many council members also are determined to continue their efforts in some form in the coming year, including programs to foster more public engagement on these issues.

Dozens of people of all ages and different political views helped develop the recommendations from the advisory councils. In Atlanta, Milwaukee and Northern California, the councils also took into account the views that were expressed in day-long dialogue sessions conducted by Viewpoint Learning, Inc. with community leaders and randomly selected residents. The special student engagement project in Denver helped hundreds of college students learn more about fiscal and economic issues.

The Concord Coalition released its report as part of its National Conference on Fiscal Stewardship this week in Washington. Press copies are available. The report is also posted at www.concordcoalition.org

The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to balanced federal budgets and generationally responsible fiscal policy. Former U.S. Senators Warren B. Rudman (R-NH) and Bob Kerrey (D-NE) serve as Concord's co-chairs and former Secretary of Commerce Peter G. Peterson serves as president.

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