FISCAL BLOG

A new report from the George W. Bush Institute highlights the economic competitiveness and strength of North America — but warns that fiscal policy in the United States poses a challenge to growth.

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With the election in the rearview mirror, a number of important fiscal and economic policy issues continued to simmer throughout November.

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Tax expenditures cost the government about $1.5 trillion each year, more than the budget of any agency or major spending program, including Social Security, Medicare, and the Department of Defense.

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A new report from Ernst & Young examines the U.S. government’s current financial situation.

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Now that the hard-fought election is over, lawmakers face a series of pressing fiscal and budgetary issues in the New Year. America’s leaders have an opportunity to show leadership in early 2017 by addressing the nation’s long-term fiscal challenges.

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

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Debt was raised at the debates, but the candidates missed the opportunity to lat out their visions.

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Last night’s debate third and final presidential debate included a dedicated segment on the national debt, giving both candidates a chance to talk about their vision for addressing America’s long-term fiscal challenges.

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The words debt and deficit come up frequently in debates and conversations about the policy decisions that lawmakers face. The two concepts are similar, but are often confused.

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Here are some important questions that the moderator could ask at the final debate to start the conversation about our nation’s most pressing fiscal concerns.

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Why Fiscal Issues Matter in the 2018 Election

This election season is a critical opportunity for candidates to talk to voters about solutions to put us on a better path.

FISCAL ISSUES ILLUSTRATED

This series of infographics helps put some of today's most pressing fiscal debates in context.