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How the nation’s fiscal and economic challenges, and possible solutions, impact current and future generations.

Facing the Future The Concord Coalition

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How the nation’s fiscal and economic challenges, and possible solutions, impact current and future generations.

    Better Budgeting Is Not Gloom and Doom

    Better Budgeting Is Not Gloom and Doom

    This week on Facing the Future, we'll hear first from two UNH professors, Dr Carolyn Arcand and NH State Senator Dan Innis, about the relevance of fiscal policy to their students' future.
    Then we'll take another look at GAO's new estimate of government-wide fraud with Rebecca Shea, co-author of the report.

    • 44 min
    Social Security and Medicare Trustees Urge Prompt Action

    Social Security and Medicare Trustees Urge Prompt Action

    This week on Facing the Future we took a close look at Social Security and Medicare, the two largest programs in the federal budget. Between them they cost nearly $2.2 trillion dollars in 2023, roughly 36 percent of total federal spending. They also affect the retirement income and healthcare of millions of Americans. 
     
    On Monday, May 6, the Social Security and Medicare trustees issued their 2024 report, which again indicated that both programs have serious challenges ahead, and those challenges are not too far off.

    • 44 min
    Saving Social Security

    Saving Social Security

    This week on Facing the Future we’ll look at the future of Social Security with former U.S. Representative Reid Ribble (R-WI), who served in Congress from 2011-2017.
    In 2016, Ribble released the Save Our Social Security Act (S.O.S.) with a bipartisan group of co-sponsors. We discussed that plan with him and why he thinks Social Security reform is essential.

    • 44 min
    How Much Does the U.S. Government Lose in Fraud?

    How Much Does the U.S. Government Lose in Fraud?

    This week on Facing the Future, we'll discuss a new report on fraud by the Government Accountability Office, along with a review of the foreign aid spending bill and the latest news on the economy.

    • 44 min
    Students Rise to the Fiscal Challenge

    Students Rise to the Fiscal Challenge

    This week on Facing the Future, we'll get some policy ideas from three college students who recently took part in an annual Fiscal Challenge competition where teams from around the country devise and defend their own plans for putting the federal budget on a sustainable path. Dr. Mike Aguilar, founder and president of the Fiscal Challenge also joined the discussion.

    • 44 min
    The 2025 Tax Blob

    The 2025 Tax Blob

    This week on Facing the Future, we'll look at what happens at the end of 2025 when many of the tax cuts enacted in 2017 are scheduled to expire. What should Congress be doing to prepare for this fiscal cliff? How much would it cost to extend the tax cuts? Are there viable options to offset the revenue loss? We’ll get some perspectives on all these questions from Marc Goldwein of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

    • 44 min

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