The Maddy Institute at Fresno State is hosting the bipartisan Concord Coalition’s “Fiscal Wake-Up Tour,” which will address federal budget issues. The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 6 in the Ambassador Room of the Piccadilly Inn University, 4961 N. Cedar Ave.

A press conference at 11 a.m. will be followed by a luncheon talk. Tickets to the luncheon are $45 per person or $320 for a table for eight. Tickets can be reserved by calling 559.294.9119 or by e-mailing Jennifer Johnson at

The event is part of a series of public forums around the country designed to focus attention on the nation’s daunting long-term fiscal challenges.

Presenters include David Walker, Comptroller General of the United States, Government Accountability Office; Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow and Director, Greater Washington Research Program, The Brookings Institute; Harry Zeeve, National Field Director, The Concord Coalition; and Alison Fraser, Director, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation (or Brian Ridel, Lead Budget Analyst, The Heritage Foundation)

The Kenneth L. Maddy Institute at California State University, Fresno was established to honor the legacy of one of California’s most principled and effective legislative leaders of the last half of the 20th Century by engaging, preparing and inspiring a new generation of governmental leaders for the 21st century. The institute’s work is focused in three key areas: citizen participation, government leadership and policy analysis.

For more information on the Concord Coalition, visit