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Sarasota News Leader September 28, 2012 the brainchild of Steve Scott, a former New Englander who now calls Sarasota home. Scott himself will be joining Amadeo and Ayse Somersan, emeritus professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the presentations. The moderator will be Rob Lorei of WEDU's "Florida This Week" and the public affairs and news director of WMNF-FM 88.5 in Tampa. "We're going to present [economics] in every- day language," Somersan says, adding, "We will have ample time for questions. … It's al- ways the questions that bring out the most interesting aspects." Having taught economics since 1966 — when she was a graduate assistant — Somersan adds that she probably could talk for a semes- ter on the topic, "but it's going to be done in 20 minutes" on Saturday. Page 25 Scott told The Sarasota News Leader this week that a necessary last-minute change in plans by Pam Villarreal, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas, will necessitate his offering the conservative view of economics. However, Scott will be basing his remarks on the works of Bruce Bartlett, who held senior policy roles in the administrations of Presi- dents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Bartlett also is the author of "The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform — Why We Need It and What It Will Take." In the 1980s," Scott says, Bartlett was at the forefront of conservative economics. "Now, he's [considered] a maverick." Scott began planning for the conference about seven months ago. He earned a master's de- gree in labor economics 35 years ago and "de- cided I was going to solve the problems of the world." Photo courtesy

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