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State of Democracy Lecture(1)

Maxwell Auditorium

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"Is the United States Headed for a Catastrophic Budget Failure?" This year’s federal budget deficit is a record $1.4 trillion, but the flood of red ink is only just beginning.  An aging population, rising health care costs, and a political establishment that seems incapable of making tough choices threaten to turn the United States into the largest insolvent debtor nation in history, with catastrophic consequences for the US and world economies.  This lecture will address the causes and consequences of catastrophic budget failure and what we can do to avoid it. Speaker is Leonard Burman, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Professor of Public Affairs at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, director emeritus of the Tax Policy Center, and affiliated scholar at the Urban Institute. 

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To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.