A Brighter Future

At the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, we believe that together we can secure a healthy, growing economy by addressing America’s long-term fiscal challenges.

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The Federal Reserve

Interest Rates and the National Debt

As interest rates rise, so will the federal government’s borrowing costs.

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How much government spending goes to children?

How Much Government Spending Goes to Children?

Spending on children is shrinking as a percent of GDP.

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Quiz: How Much Do You Know about the Federal Budget?

How much do you really know about federal revenues and spending? Take our quiz and see.

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US 2050

US 2050: Call for Papers

US 2050, a joint initiative of the Peterson Foundation and Ford Foundation, is issuing a second call for papers. Political scientists are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

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The Fiscal Challenge

$21,031,067,004,766.25 USD

America’s growing long-term debt affects economic growth and opportunities for future generations. It’s not a political or partisan issue – it’s simple math. With nearly 76 million baby boomers retiring and living much longer, combined with a highly inefficient healthcare system, and a tax code that fails to generate sufficient revenues, America finds itself with a very risky long-term fiscal outlook.


Finding Solutions

We believe that by working together, we can create comprehensive, bipartisan solutions to address our fiscal challenges. We work to bring Americans together to find and implement sensible, long-term fiscal solutions for a strong, healthy economy that transcend age, party lines, and ideological divides in order to achieve real results.

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What We’re Doing

We are a non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing awareness and accelerating action on America’s long-term fiscal challenges. We partner with like-minded organizations and experts to support innovative programs and projects that provide accurate, objective analysis, and promising fiscal solutions.

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What You Can Do

The time to act is now. Education is key – it’s critical that Americans understand what’s at stake and the tradeoffs that are needed to get our country back on a sustainable fiscal path to a growing economy. We also have to make a commitment to support our elected leaders from both parties who want to do the right thing.

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