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Mayor Scott Smith Joins the Campaign to Fix the Debt

Mesa Mayor Urges Bipartisanship in Calls for Congress to Address the National Debt

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Campaign to Fix the Debt announced today the addition of Mayor Scott Smith as a Campaign Steering Committee member. The Mayor of Mesa, Arizona, who will also serve as the incoming President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, adds a new layer of leadership and perspective to the organization's robust efforts.

"Mayor Smith brings with him a strong vision and an accomplished record of results, and the Campaign is pleased to welcome him onboard," said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. "In office, Mayor Smith has been an ardent advocate of business, education and innovation, and nationally he is recognized as a voice of effective pragmatism. No one knows better that getting the nation's checkbook in balance will require addressing every factor contributing to the deficit, and Mayor Smith's voice will add even greater weight to our call on Washington."

Mayor Smith was recently elected to a second term as Mayor of Mesa. Prior to his current position, he was a CPA, attorney, and ran a large homebuilding company. Mayor Smith has put that private sector experience to work for Mesa.  Soon after taking office, he was faced with unprecedented shortfalls and deficits. His innovative approach to dealing with this crisis led to a major reorganization of the city. He improved efficiency while making strategic investments that created economic opportunities. His HEAT initiative, which emphasizes Mesa's strengths in Healthcare, Education, Aerospace and Tourism/Technology, has brought focus to the city's economic development efforts and has led to many economic successes, including the recent recruitment of five established liberal arts colleges to Mesa.

"Mayors know what it's like to face a 'fiscal cliff' as they faced their own financial crisis years ago," Mayor Smith noted.  "Mayors from both parties demonstrated how it is possible to balance budgets, reduce debts, while creating economic growth that adds jobs.  They made the tough decisions, and our cities are both stronger financially and ready to take advantage of opportunities for growth.  Washington can, and should, do the same to fix our nation's financial challenges.  Working together, through the Campaign to Fix the Debt, we can find practical solutions that will help build the new American economy. "

The Campaign to Fix the Debt is a national bipartisan group of more than 315,000 individuals from a diverse range of social, political, and economic backgrounds. The Campaign does not endorse a particular debt plan, but believes that a viable deal should be based off a framework that leaves all debt-reduction options on the table and raises revenues, cuts wasteful spending, and ensures the long-term solvency of important social programs.

For more information on the Campaign to Fix the Debt please visit www.fixthedebt.org.

SOURCE The Campaign to Fix the Debt



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