UW Colleges, UW-Extension, Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Research: A nation in debt — How can we pay the bills?

Contact: Eric Giordano, [email protected], 715-261-6388

Americans are asking: What sacrifices are we willing to make? What programs can we afford to keep? How do we cut the deficit without discouraging growth?

Join fellow Wisconsinites and others across the country in a nonpartisan dialogue on the national debt. The University of Wisconsin Colleges and UW-Extension Office of Inclusion and the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Research invite you to join the discussion in Madison from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6, 2011, at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street. Sponsors will share deliberation results with state and national policy makers.

“Constructive dialogue in today’s political climate is frequently drowned out by uncivil discourse, so we’re providing a forum that encourages nonpartisan public deliberation,” said Eric Giordano, program director of the UW Colleges and UW-Extension’s Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Research, Wausau. “The format we’ll use for this discussion weighs the costs and benefits of various approaches to solving problems and helps people understand how others view those costs and benefits.”

Registration is free and requested in advance by Dec. 2 to Ian Reese,[email protected], 715-261-6104. For information on hosting a similar forum at another site, contact Eric Giordano, [email protected], 715-261-6388.

The deliberations and follow-up events are co-sponsored by UW Colleges, UW-Extension, the Kettering Foundation, the National Issues Forum Institute and sister policy institutes at Kansas State University, Franklin Pierce University, the University of New Mexico, Virginia Tech, and other libraries, universities and citizen groups across the country.