FISCAL BLOG

Congress is once again considering a stopgap budget bill — a continuing resolution, or CR — to fund many of the operations of the federal government. The CR currently under debate would keep the government operating until December 9, just a short time beyond September 30, which is the end of the 2016 fiscal year (FY). If Congress fails to act before the end of fiscal year deadline, important government operations would shut down. 

Most of

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Fiscal policy is at the heart of how our government functions and serves the people it represents. But many Americans, young and old, may be confused by the complex set of issues that comprise how the government raises revenues and allocates them. 

What is fiscal policy? And what does it mean for me? Below are interactive tools that can help you answer these basic questions, making complex fiscal policies more accessible, understandable, and relevant to your daily life.

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Though the national debt hasn’t been a focal point of the election conversation thus far, American voters want that to change – and they see the debates as a perfect opportunity. New polling shows that voters want Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to

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Congress reconvenes next week, facing a September 30 deadline to pass a spending bill that will avert a government shutdown. Conservative groups are pushing congressional Republicans to punt the completion of this year’s spending work into early 2017 when a new president and Congress could negotiate a final deal, according to the

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The new monthly results from PGPF's Fiscal Confidence Index survey were released today. The FCI value for August 2016 is 50 (100 is neutral), indicating that a significant majority of Americans remain concerned about the nation’s fiscal future, and are calling for more action from their leaders.

PGPF President & CEO Michael A. Peterson commented on this month's

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With the 2016 fiscal year nearly over, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) updated its budget projections this week, confirming that for the first year since 2009, deficits as a share of GDP are on the rise again — up 35 percent from $438 billion in 2015 to $590 billion in 2016.

Here are three key CBO projections that our Research team highlighted in

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CNN’s Jake Tapper recently provided an informative look at the nation’s debt and deficit outlook, and how it’s perceived by voters.  As he points out in the segment below, part of the problem when discussing America’s long-term debt is that it is often confused with short-term deficits. 

Fact checking debt at the #DNC https://t.co/QwTNOFD0C4

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The new monthly results from PGPF's Fiscal Confidence Index survey were released today. The FCI value for July 2016 is 50 (100 is neutral), indicating the nation’s fiscal future remains a top issue on voters’ minds.

PGPF President & CEO Michael A. Peterson commented on this month's results:

“As we move into the general election, it’s clear that voters are
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Projections of the long-term budget outlook have deteriorated significantly since last year, largely stemming from the “tax extenders” legislation enacted at the end of 2015, according to a report released yesterday by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). In its 2016 Long-Term Budget Outlook, the CBO projects that federal debt will climb to 141

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The new monthly results from PGPF's Fiscal Confidence Index survey were released today. The FCI value for June 2016 is 49 (100 is neutral), indicating the nation’s fiscal outlook remains a top issue for voters.

PGPF President & CEO Michael A. Peterson commented on this month's results:

"Americans understand that putting the nation on a sustainable, long-term path is essential to securing our economic future. Voters
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ASK FOR A PLAN

The national debt threatens our economy — but there’s still time to secure our future. Learn more, and ask the 2016 candidates for their fiscal plan.

THE TAX REFORM OPPORTUNITY

Video: Our tax code is complex, unfair, and insufficient. Learn more about the opportunity we have to reform and improve tax policy.