FISCAL BLOG

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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The Fiscal Gap

A new report, prepared by Ernst and Young (EY) for the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, examines the federal government’s long-term fiscal outlook through the “fiscal gap” measure.

What is the Fiscal Gap?

The fiscal gap is an estimate of how much the government’s spending and debt obligations exceeds its revenues over a specified period of time. The fiscal gap is calculated by various government agencies—such as

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The number one financial worry for Americans, according to a recent Gallup poll, is having enough money for retirement — and for good reason. “Too many Americans are still not preparing adequately,” according to Securing Our Financial Future, a new report from the bipartisan

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The new monthly results from PGPF's Fiscal Confidence Index survey were released today. The FCI value for May 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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The next president will face complex fiscal and economic realities. In just eight years, interest on the national debt will become the third-largest “program” in the federal budget. What steps can the next president take to ensure we have the resources necessary to invest in critical areas of our economy?

This year’s Fiscal Summit put

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In conjunction with this month's 2016 Fiscal Summit: Leadership for a Secure Future, PGPF has released its new Chart Pack update for May. 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"

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The new monthly results from PGPF's Fiscal Confidence Index survey were released today. The FCI Value for April 2016 is 49 (100 is neutral), indicating voters’ desire to see candidates during this year's election season put forward plans to address our long-term fiscal challenges.

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

"As candidates make their case to voters nationwide, it's
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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.