Event: How the Debt Committee Can Significantly Improve Our Fiscal Course

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is pleased to announce a series of in-depth panel discussions that will provide sound lessons grounded in academic research and practical know-how to guide the Debt Committee on the core components of fiscal reform. Please see below for details on each event: 

Practical Lessons in Budget Reform

This event will cover an overview of what the U.S. can learn from other nations’ experiences in reforming their budgets, and our own past attempts to reform the budget to achieve fiscal sustainability.

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When: Friday, Sept.16, 2011, 12:00-2:00 PM
Where: Rayburn House Office Bldg., B-339
Who: Jim Kolbe, Former Congressman and Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund; and Matthew Mitchell, Research Fellow, Mercatus Center 

How a Reformed Tax Code Can Promote Economic Growth and Sufficient Revenue

This event will examine our current tax code, which is complex, inefficient, inequitable, and unsustainable. How can the tax code be reformed to foster economic growth and fairness—and provide enough revenue to meet commitments?

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When: Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, 12:00-2:00 PM
Where: Rayburn House Office Bldg., B-339 
Who: Donald Marron, Director, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center; Bruce Yandle, Dean Emeritus, Clemson College of Business and Behavioral Sciences and Mercatus Center Professor of Economics; and Jason Fichtner, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center

Changing the Budget Process to Promote Fiscal Responsibility

This event will focus on how the federal budget process could work to control spending and debt. What reforms are necessary to ensure a budget process that reliably drives sound fiscal choices?

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When: Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, 12:00-2:00 PM
Where: Rayburn House Office Bldg., B-339
Who: David Primo, Professor of Political Science, University of Rochester and Mercatus Center Senior Scholar; and Veronique de Rugy, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center

A Sustainable Approach to Entitlement Reform

This event will take a look at how to reform the greatest drivers of our future debt: Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. What is the best approach to ensure these programs are there for those who need them without overwhelming the budget and economy in the process?

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When: Wednesday, Oct.19, 2011, 12:00-2:00 PM
Where: Rayburn House Office Bldg., B-339
Who: Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution and Founding Director of the CBO; Robert Reischauer, Public Trustee for Social Security and Medicare and President of the Urban Institute; Charles Blahous, Public Trustee for Social Security and Medicare, and Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center; and Jason Fichtner, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center

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These events are free and open to all congressional, executive branch, and federal agency staff, as well as the media. This event is not open to the general public. Due to space constraints, please no interns without prior approval. Food will be provided. For any questions, please contact Julie Burden at jburden2@gmu.edu or 703-344-3219.