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Saving America’s Future: A Challenge to the American People

pub_Saving_Americas_FutureThe first report of the Strengthening America's Future Initiative (SAFI) was released on March 27, 2009, and is entitled Saving America's Future: A Challenge to the American People. The release was sponsored by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA), and Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN) also spoke at the event. The report examines the various challenges facing the country at this time, including providing efficient energy, ensuring quality public education, competing globally for jobs, and extending health care while reducing its cost. The report provides four recommendations to remedy four critical national issues:
  • Develop a ten-year national strategy that outlines where the country stands, where it needs to go, and how to get there;
  • Create a bipartisan Fiscal Future Commission that develops budget controls and comprehensive tax and Social Security reform legislation, and also reorients government spending programs and tax preferences for the future;
  • Reengineer the American health system by assembling a federal task force that reviews and implements mechanisms that decrease costs, improve value, and reduce waste in federal health insurance programs; and
  • Confront the educational crisis by having the President host a national education summit of all governors and state education leaders.

The report is the product of several months of research and analysis, led by Center President David Abshire and co-chaired by Norman Augustine, Roy Romer, and David Walker. This initiative was guided by a bipartisan Steering Committee of leaders from both the public and private sectors. Saving America's Future will be followed by a final report, which will conclude SAFI and integrate the various pieces of the initiative into one comprehensive document.

You can download a copy of this publication here.