Flagler Collegeâ€™s Forum on Government and Public Policy kicks off its season Sept. 15 with noted federal insider Stan Collender discussing what he calls â€œboth the legislative and political crazinessâ€ of Washington, the government shutdowns that have resulted and threatened defaults on the U.S. debt.
His lecture, titled â€œWashington in the Era of Political Madness,â€ takes place at 7 p.m. in the Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St.
Collenderâ€™s presentation will be especially timely given that no appropriations bills will have been enacted by the time he speaks and the new fiscal year will start two weeks after his address. His lecture will also be well timed given the lack of progress on major issues such as the highway trust fund, Export-Import Bank and expiring tax provisions, not to mention the impending presidential and congressional election in 2016.
Collender, the national director of financial communications at Qorvis MSLGROUP in Washington, D.C., is one of the foremost experts on the federal budget, federal spending and revenues, the national debt and the congressional budget process. He has appeared on television and radio, including all of the broadcast networks and multiple interviews on Marketplace and other National Public Radio programs. He has also been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times and appeared repeatedly on foreign channels.
In addition, he is the founder of â€œCapital Gains and Games,â€ an economic blog that was named one of the top 25 in the United States by the Wall Street Journal in 2009. He is the author of The Guide to the Federal Budget and has been involved with the congressional budget process since 1974. In 1998, President Bill Clinton appointed him to the presidential commission that studied whether the U.S. should have a capital budget. He holds a masterâ€™s degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelorâ€™s degree from New York University.
For more than 30 years, the Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy has invited nationally-recognized journalists and commentators to St. Augustine to discuss issues of importance in regional, state and federal government. All Forums take place in Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., at 7 p.m. Forums are free and open to the public, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three daysâ€™ notice. Call (904) 826-8572.