Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Alum to speak on 'fiscal democracy'

Gene Steuerle

La Follette School alum and economist Eugene Steuerle will discuss fiscal democracy in a seminar on Tuesday, April 2, at 12:30 p.m. in 8417 Sewell Social Sciences. His talk is called "Restoring 'Fiscal Democracy' and Securing a Brighter Future for Our Kids & the Nation."

Steuerle is Richard B. Fisher chair and a fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. He graduated in 1972 from La Follette School precursor the Center for the Study of Public Policy and Administration then earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1975.

A columnist under the title "The Government We Deserve," Steuerle is the author, co-author or co-editor of 15 books and close to 1,000 articles, briefs, and congressional testimonies. His books include Contemporary U.S. Tax Policy (2nd edition), Retooling Social Security for the 21st Century and Nonprofits and Government.

He serves on advisory panels or boards for the Congressional Budget Office, the Government Accountability Office, the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the Independent Sector, the Aspen Institute Initiative on Financial Security, the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics and the Partnership for America's Economic Success.

Steuerle served as deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for tax analysis (1987-1989), president of the National Tax Association (2001-2002), chair of the 1999 Technical Panel advising Social Security on its methods and assumptions, economic coordinator and original organizer of the 1984 Treasury study that led to the Tax Reform Act of 1986, president of the National Economists Club Educational Foundation, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, federal executive fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a columnist for the Financial Times.

Among other accolades, former top Treasury and White House officials wrote that 1986 tax reform "would not have moved forward without [Steuerle's] early leadership," and "few people have had greater impact on major changes in the tax law and the principal improvements in tax compliance and administration." His honors include outstanding alum awards from his college and high school and the first Bruce Davie-Albert Davis Public Service Award from the National Tax Association in 2005.

Steurle's talked is sponsored by the La Follette School, the Institute for Research on Poverty and the Center for Demography and Ecology.

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