FISCAL BLOG

PGPF has released the February 2016 update for its Chart Pack, Selected Charts on the Long-Term Fiscal Challenges of the United States. Download the Pack in PDF format and visit the PGPF Charts Archive to browse all of the Foundation's originally-researched charts, graphs, and tables. (Feel free to use/reproduce, with attribution to "Peter G. Peterson Foundation" along with the pgpf.org hyperlink.)

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Today, Up to Us kicks off at colleges and universities across the country, with three weeks of creative and thought-provoking non-partisan campaigns to raise awareness and inspire action on America’s unsustainable long-term fiscal path. The competition, sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) and Net Impact, will bring

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Last week, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a summary of its annual Budget and Economic Outlook. This report outlined the nation’s fiscal outlook for the next 10 years.

The report received significant news coverage, highlighting CBO’s finding that in 2016, “the federal budget deficit will increase, in relation to the size of the economy, for the first time since 2009.” Moreover, CBO projected that

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The outlook for the federal budget has worsened considerably since last year, according to a new report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The sharp deterioration in the budget outlook stems from the large spending and tax bill that was enacted in December 2015, which increases deficits considerably over the next 10 years and beyond. CBO’s latest report highlights that America’s fiscal policy over the long-term remains unsustainable and

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PGPF has released the new monthly results from its Fiscal Confidence Index survey. The FCI Value for January 2016 is 53 (100 is neutral), indicating voters’ desire to see candidates offer their long-term fiscal plans.

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

"As voting and caucusing begins in the 2016 election, Americans understand that getting our fiscal house in order is
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This morning the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a summary of its annual "Budget and Economic Outlook." The report highlights that the era of declining deficits since the recession has come to an unfortunate end. PGPF's research team has prepared an analysis of the findings. Included in the

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Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, commented today prior to the President's 2016 State of the Union Address

"Tonight’s State of the Union Address represents an important opportunity for President Obama to discuss the nation’s fiscal challenges and solutions for putting the country on a better path. Even though current deficits have decreased, our long-term fiscal outlook is still dangerously unsustainable, which threatens our future

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New for the new year: PGPF has released the January 2016 update for its Chart Pack, Selected Charts on the Long-Term Fiscal Challenges of the United States. Download the Pack in PDF format and visit the PGPF Charts Archive to browse all of the Foundation's originally-researched charts, graphs, and tables. (Feel free to use/reproduce, with attribution to "Peter G. Peterson Foundation" along with the pgpf.org hyperlink.)

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PGPF has released the new monthly and 2015 full-year results from its Fiscal Confidence Index survey. The FCI Value for December 2015 is 51 (100 is neutral), indicating voters’ high degree of concern about America’s fiscal outlook.

Attitudes about the national debt remained consistently low throughout 2015, as the Fiscal Confidence Index ranged between 45 and 52, demonstrating that even as short-term deficits improved, our

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Earlier today, Congress passed costly and unfunded legislation to extend a number of expired and expiring provisions of the tax code. The Peterson Foundation research team has prepared a detailed analysis, breaking down the details of this fiscally irresponsible legislation. If signed by the President, it would add approximately $830 billion to the

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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.