The Inside Scoop on Congressional Candidate Nick Troiano

Posted by Blake Wright on May 15, 2014 at 10:44 AM

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Common Sense Action is lucky to have gotten the chance to speak with Nick about his view on Millennials.  Nick is an Independent, citizen-funded candidate running for the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania’s 10th district.  He had previously spear headed The Can Kicks Back's efforts to educate our country on the debt crisis. 

Alma Matter: Georgetown University – B.A. and M.A. in American Government

What would you encourage current students to do that are considering a political career?  My advice is first to find an issue you care about and figure out what you can do to make a difference and have an impact on that issue area. If this leads you to a political career, great, but I don’t advocate for politics as a career as a goal in itself. Politics should be a means to an end. Find your passion and purpose first.

What do you think is the most serious issue that the millennial generation will face? I think our growing national debt poses the greatest threat to my generation because it affects our current quality of life and if not addressed will mean that millennials will inherit a lower standard of living than previous generations. Our national debt is crowding out crucial investments in areas such as education and infrastructure. 

How can politicians address this problem? Elected officials can easily address this problem by reforming social insurance programs and the tax code. However, our political system is broken, and elected officials cannot reach a compromise and enact solutions, so political reforms might need to be enacted first.

What strategies do you think millennials should try to get their voices heard in politics?  As I mentioned, I think people need to find an issue they care about and get involved with a specific cause. Millennials need to make their voices heard surrounding a specific issue, which might lead to getting involved with politics through various groups, organizations, or meetings with elected officials. And I do hope that my campaign inspires other young people who don’t think they are being represented to run for office and get involved in politics through the traditional mechanisms. As I wrote in my Master's thesis, young Americans are drastically underrepresented in Congress – in part because we don't even see running for office as an honorable thing to do.

If you could get any policy passed to help millennials, what would it be? I helped draft and get introduced in both houses of Congress the INFORM Act, which is bipartisan legislation to increase transparency in the federal budget. It would require the CBO, GAO and OMB to use fiscal gap accounting and generational accounting on an annual basis, and if requested by Congress, use these methods to evaluate major changes in fiscal legislation. This legislation is important for millennials because it would reveal the real burdens being placed on young people and future generations by our nation’s fiscal imbalance.