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Former U.S. treasury secretary to speak Oct. 3 at MSU

Thursday, October 3, 2013, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Linfield Hall, Room 125

The Honorable John W. Snow, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in Linfield Hall 125 on the Montana State University campus.

The lecture, sponsored by the Burton K. Wheeler Center at MSU, is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but space is limited.

Snow is expected to discuss the politics and economics of the ongoing federal debt crisis and its implications for Montana and the West. Drawing on his experiences in government, extensive private sector work and academic training in economics, Snow will explore the dynamics of current congressional and presidential politics and their impact on fiscal policy and economic conditions.

In the 1970s, Snow worked in the Department of Transportation under the administration of President Gerald R. Ford. During the 1990s and early 2000s, he was chairman and CEO of the CSX Corporation, a major U.S. rail and shipping company.  From 2003-2006, Snow served as Secretary of the Treasury, where he led the Bush administration's economic team and was its guiding voice on domestic and global economic issues. He steered the effort to pass the 2003 Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, which significantly lowered tax rates on individuals and on capital investment. Snow also spearheaded government efforts to prosecute the fiscal side of the War on Terror, founding an office dedicated to that task at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 

Affiliated with MSU, the Burton K. Wheeler Center works to provide opportunities for Montanans to explore and engage in discussions of important policy topics. Previous Wheeler Center lectures have featured Lynn Cheney, Lawton Childs and Brian Schweitzer.

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