Defunding America's Future

November 19th, 2018 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Jon M Huntsman Hall
3730 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Committee of Seventy, Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative and Progressive Policy Institute will host a panel to discuss a new PPI report on how short-sighted fiscal policy is undermining critical investments in education, infrastructure and scientific research that are integral to the long-term health of our economy. The report will highlight the demographic challenges that are creating a growing mismatch between revenues and spending, the misguided cuts to public investment our leaders have been imposing, instead of addressing the underlying problem and the consequences these actions have for the next generation. Read the full report here

The panelists will include author of the PPI report, Ben Ritz, Wharton professor Dr. Robert Inman and US Rep-Elect Madeleine Dean. David Thornburgh, CEO of Committee of Seventy, will serve as the moderator.

Madeleine Dean was born and raised in Glenside, Pennsylvania. She graduated from La Salle University, and earned her law degree at Widener University. Madeleine returned home and practiced law with the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers, and went on the open a 3-woman law firm in Glenside. While raising three sons, Madeleine changed career paths to become a professor of writing at La Salle University. 

Then in 2012, Madeleine successfully ran for State Representative in the 153rd District. In the legislature, Madeleine was appointed to Governor Wolf’s Commission for Women, and has been an outspoken member, championing progressive priorities like public education, combating addiction, equal rights, access to healthcare, protecting the environment, ethics, criminal justice reform, and gun violence. Following the shooting at Sandy Hook, Madeleine founded the gun safety group, PA SAFE to pass common sense gun reforms. She has worked closely with local officials to bring millions of dollars in infrastructure projects that promote safer, more livable, and greener communities to the area she represents.

Madeleine is currently running to broaden her public service as candidate for the Congress in the Pennsylvania 4th district—Montgomery and Berks counties.