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Town hall to address national debt Thursday

Tucsonans will have a chance to weigh in on the nation's deficit Thursday at a town hall meeting at the University of Arizona.

Two national experts on the federal budget will be among a panel that will discuss raising the country's debt limit and potential solutions to reducing the deficit.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the UA's Student Union Memorial Center.

David M. Walker, founder and president of the Comeback America Initiative and former head of the Government Accountability Office; and Robert L. Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition and member of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Debt Reduction Task Force, will present options to the financial crisis facing the United States.

The panel will tackle proposed cuts to defense and domestic spending, Social Security and Medicare reform, tax policies and budget controls.

Following the discussion, the public will be asked for their take on reducing the deficit by being put in the position of lawmakers and placed in committees to consider those options.

The event is co-sponsored by the office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the University of Arizona and the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP via email to giffords@mail.house.gov or by calling (520) 881-3588.

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The town hall meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union Memorial Center North Ballroom, 1303 E. University Blvd.

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If you go

  • What: Deficit reduction town hall meeting
  • When: 6:30 p.m., Thursday
  • Where: University of Arizona's Student Union Memorial Center North Ballroom, 1303 E. University Blvd. Paid parking is available at the Second Street garage, 1340 E. Second St.