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March 30, 2011

Tippie College of Business presentation urges federal deficit attention

Former budget officials from the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations will be among the panelists who will discuss threats caused by the growing federal debt in a discussion on Wednesday, April 13, at the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business.

The Fiscal Solutions Tour, co-sponsored by the nonpartisan Concord Coalition, will start at 6:30 p.m. in room C20 of the Pomerantz Center. Admission is free and open to the public. Panelists include Alice Rivlin of the Brookings Institute, James Capretta of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and Robert L. Bixby of The Concord Coalition.

Rivlin was director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from 1994 to 1996, and was also director of the Congressional Budget Office and vice chair of the Federal Reserve. She is currently director of the Brookings Institution's Greater Washington Research Project.

Capretta was assistant director of OMB from 2001 to 2004 and is currently a fellow with the EPPC. Bixby is executive director of The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to fiscal responsibility.

Bixby and Rivlin were also members of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Debt Reduction Task Force, with Rivlin serving as co-chair.

The presentation will be recorded for later broadcast on UITV.

The Fiscal Solutions Tour is designed to engage the public in a realistic, nonpartisan dialogue about our nation's fiscal and economic challenges, the range of potential solutions and trade-offs, and how we can leave a stronger, more prosperous nation to our children and generations still to come.

The tour does not advance a specific set of policies but provides different perspectives on many of the options. These include defense and domestic spending cuts, Social Security and Medicare reforms, improvements in the health care system, better tax policies, and tougher budget controls in Congress.

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