Forum on federal debt, deficits set for May 2 in Madison

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U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis.

Former U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker will be the featured speaker at an evening forum May 2 at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery in Madison.

Walker will be joined by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., for a panel discussion at the forum on “Federal Debt, Deficits and Bipartisan Solutions for a Prosperous Future.”

The forum, 6:30-7:30 p.m., will be hosted by The Concord Coalition, the Bipartisan Issues Group (BIG), The Can Kicks Back, and Fix the Debt-Wisconsin. The program is free and open to the public but reservations are requested at www.concordcoalition.org/WI0502.

Walker served as seventh comptroller general and head of the Government Accountability Office from 1998 to 2008. He has also written three books, the latest one a bestseller titled “Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility.”

Pocan said the discussion would include how to responsibly manage the federal budget and “ways we can work in a balanced, bipartisan manner to reduce our long-term deficits by jump-starting the economy and getting people back to work right now.”

WHAT: “Federal Debt, Deficits and Bipartisan Solutions for a Prosperous Future” Forum

WHO: Former U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2

WHERE: Deluca Forum at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard St., Madison.