Fiscal Issues Illustrated

Lawmakers are considering significant reforms in a number of key policy areas, including healthcare reform, tax reform, infrastructure and more. All of these issues have significant fiscal implications and are important to our future economy.

As part of our nonpartisan mission to educate and engage Americans, the Peterson Foundation is launching a series of infographics to facilitate an informed conversation about the policy areas under discussion.

How the U.S. Tax System Works

One issue that most lawmakers and voters agree on is that our tax system needs reform.

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Spending on Prescription Drugs Has Been Growing Exponentially over the Past Few Decades

The growing cost of prescription drugs presents a significant challenge to the quality and affordability of healthcare in the United States.

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The Facts About U.S. Defense Spending

National security is both a vital priority and a significant part of the federal budget.

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U.S. Healthcare Spending

Improving our healthcare system to deliver better quality care at lower cost is critically important to our nation’s long-term economic and fiscal well-being.

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Expert Views: Inflation, Interest & the National Debt

We asked experts with diverse views from across the political spectrum to share their perspectives.

National Debt Clock

See the latest numbers and learn more about the causes of our high and rising debt.