Debts, Deficits and the Economy: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?

A student organization at Maxwell, the Policy Students for Fiscal Sustainability (PSFS) is holding a two-day conference, “Debt, Deficits, and the Economy: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?” What a pertinent time for this kind of conference and conversation. I can’t wait to attend and check out all the great programing my classmates have lined up. The conference will be April 14 – 16 at the Maxwell School. All programing details can be found below.

Here is some more information about PSFS – please follow them on Twitter (@OurBudgets) and Facebook. Be sure to check out their website as well, great content.

Debt, Deficits, and the Economy: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?

April 14 – 16, 2011


Free / Register by Monday, April 11 at

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Bruce Bartlett, Columnist for The Fiscal Times and former deputy assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury Department
  • Leonard Burman, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Professor of Public Affairs at the Maxwell School, Former Director of the Tax Policy Center
  • William B. Magnarelli, New York State Assemblymember, 120th District
  • Stephanie Miner, Mayor of the City of Syracuse
  • John Palmer, University Professor and Dean Emeritus of The Maxwell School, former public trustee for Medicare and Social Security
  • Vito Sciscioli, Executive Director, Syracuse 20/20; The Maxwell School
  • Susan Tanaka, Vice President, The Peter G. Peterson Foundation


All events in the Public Events Room, Second Floor, The Maxwell School unless otherwise noted.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

5:30 – 6:45 p.m. (Maxwell Auditorium): Public screenings featuring short documentaries and videos followed by moderated discussion.

Friday, April 15, 2011

8:00 – 9:00 a.m: Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:00 – 10:00 a.m: Plenary Session covering the basics of the debt situation featuring Prof. Leonard Burman, Prof. John Palmer & Susan Tanaka

10:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m: “What Does the Debt Mean to Us?” Moderated by Dave Bullard (WRVO-FM), this panel discussion features Dean Baker, Bruce Bartlett, Prof. Leonard Burman, Prof. John Palmer, and Susan Tanaka. Attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions directly to panelists. Portions of this session will be broadcast as part of the”WRVO Community Forum” series, airing April 29 at 1:00 p.m.

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m: Lunch

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m: Breakout sessions with featured speakers:

  • Citizen Engagement (Tanaka)
  • Health Care Entitlement Spending (Palmer)
  • Tax Reform (Bartlett and Burman)
  • The Invented Long-Term Deficit Problem (Baker)

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m: Concluding Remarks and Wrap-Up

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m: Student strategy session

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m: Reception & Networking

Saturday, April 16, 2011

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m: Making Hard Decisions: How Are New York State and Local Governments Responding to Fiscal Challenges? Moderated by Prof. Vito Sciscioli, this panel discussion features City of Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and New York State Assemblymember William Magnarelli

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