2006.03.08 > For Immediate Release
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UNO to Host Concord Coalition ‘Fiscal Wake-up Tour’ Stop
Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will be the only Nebraska stop of the "Fiscal Wake-Up Tour," a unique series of public forums focused on America's long-term budgetary challenges organized by the Concord Coalition. The event will be held Tuesday, April 4, at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St., on UNO's south campus.
The purpose of the project is to draw attention to the current state of national fiscal policy, said B.J. Reed, dean of UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). CPACS, along with the UNO Department of Political Science and the American Democracy Project, is co-sponsoring the event with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Speakers from the Committee for Economic Development, the Brookings Institution and the Heritage Foundation will be part of the forum.
"It will be a very diverse group in terms of political views and social outlooks," Reed said. "All of the speakers do agree that America's future faces profound challenges if economic policy issues are not addressed.
The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to informing the public about the need for generationally responsible fiscal policy. Former U.S. Sens. Warren B. Rudman (R-NH) and Bob Kerrey (D-NE) serve as co-chairs of The Concord Coalition. Former Secretary of Commerce Peter G. Peterson co-chair serves as president. The Concord Coalition was founded in 1992 by Rudman, Peterson and the late Sen. Paul E. Tsongas (D-MA).
The most recent "Wake-Up Tour" stop was Feb. 27 at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Other cities that have hosted forums in the past year include Portland, Ore., Minneapolis and Richmond, Va.
Two of the speakers coming to Omaha to take part in the forum include David Walker, Comptroller General of the United States from the Government Accountability Office, and Robert Bixby, the executive director of the Concord Coalition. Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey also plans on taking part. Representatives from Sens. Chuck Hagel and Ben Nelson's offices will be at the event, and videotaped messages from both Nebraska senators are being planned.
The event is free and open to the public. The forum will begin at 9 a.m. and end shortly before noon.
"It's a small amount of time to invest to learn a great deal about the ongoing national dialogue on our nation's fiscal health," Reed said.
For more information, call (402) 554-3502. While the event is free, registration is requested. The public can register by calling (402) 554-2276 or 1 (888) 333-4248.
The Concord Coalition Website is www.concordcoalition.org.
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