State Fiscal Leaders

Highlighting state-level efforts to achieve fiscal responsibility in government

Although most discussions of fiscal policy focus on the federal government's fiscal challenges, state governments also face daunting structural deficits that threaten economic growth and investments in the future. According to a recent study of six heavily populated states and their budgetary challenges by the State Budget Crisis Task Force (a Peter G. Peterson Foundation grantee), it is clear that if the unsustainable policies driving these deficits go unaddressed, drastic and costly solutions will be required.

However, a number of states have also demonstrated that progress is possible. State-level leaders have been able to bring people together to solve these challenges, and their example shows that the gridlock our nation faces on the budget can be overcome.

National Debt Clock

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

FISCAL ISSUES ILLUSTRATED

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