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    As New Year Begins, Voters Remain Deeply Concerned about the...

    Contact: Sarah Stipicevic, Press Secretary
    (212) 542-9265 sstipicevic@pgpf.org

    The January 2014 Fiscal Confidence Index, Modeled after the Consumer Confidence Index, is 42 (100 is Neutral); Continuing Negative Fiscal Outlook from 2013

    85% of Voters Want the President and Congress to Spend More Time Addressing Our National Debt, a Five-point Increase Since December (80%)


    High School Students Aren't Taught About the National Debt

    From Teachers College Columbia University

    The U.S. national debt now stands at more than $40,000 per citizen. Is that the same as each of us owing that much money on a credit card? If left unchecked, budget deficits—the difference between what the government brings in each year and what it spends—will weaken our economy and lower future standards of living. Should we reduce deficits by bringing soldiers home from Afghanistan? Spending less on our grandparents’ medical care? Cutting federal grants for college? Raising taxes?


    Chart: good news about improving deficits will be short-lived

    Recent news stories have highlighted the good news that very near-term deficits are decreasing. That good news, unfortunately, will be short-lived. Though the economy continues its recovery and we have made some progress on deficits, those deficits will begin growing again soon, and major long-term fiscal challenges remain. In fact, in just two short years, by 2016, the federal government’s deficit will begin to rise again, according to CBO.


Fiscal Confidence Index

Survey: Modeled after the Consumer Confidence Index, the Fiscal Confidence Index is a monthly national survey that measures public opinion about the national debt.

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.