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Peterson Foundation Statement on Infrastructure Policy Developments
“As leaders continue to seek bipartisan common ground on investments in our nation’s infrastructure, it’s critical that they maintain a fiscally responsible approach and pay for their priorities," said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. READ MORE June 16, 2021
Baruch College Students Win ‘Up to Us’ National Policy and Advocacy Competition
Innovative next-gen campaign raises awareness among college students, policymakers about the impact of U.S. fiscal and economic policy issues on their future. READ MORE June 7, 2021
Peterson Foundation Statement on Biden Administration’s Budget Proposal
“As our nation continues to recover from the pandemic, this budget proposal outlines significant investments aimed at addressing a range of national challenges," said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. READ MORE May 28, 2021
Howard University and WISER Awarded $1.9 Million Grant from the Peterson Foundation to Support Increased Diversity in the Field of Economics
A new five-year, $1.9 million grant will support the Howard University Department of Economics and the Women’s Institute on Science, Race and Equity (WISER) in their innovative work to increase diversity in the field of economics and promote greater inclusion in fiscal and economic policymaking. READ MORE May 27, 2021
As Talks Continue on Major Legislation, Americans want Fiscal Responsibility
“In the last month alone, the concerns about our growing national debt have spiked meaningfully,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation. READ MORE May 25, 2021
As Lawmakers Propose Paying for Their Priorities, U.S. Fiscal Confidence Highest in 2.5 Years
“Voters are clearly enthusiastic that lawmakers are finding ways to pay for their priorities rather than add more to the national debt,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation. READ MORE April 30, 2021
Peterson Statement on Biden Administration’s Proposals
“The Biden Administration has put forward thoughtful proposals aimed at creating jobs for working- and middle-class families, increasing our global competitiveness, and addressing important national priorities like infrastructure, climate change, and racial equity," said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. READ MORE April 28, 2021
Peterson Foundation Grant to Fuel Northwestern COVID-19 Research
New $1 million research initiative will help inform and improve pandemic relief and recovery policies. READ MORE April 1, 2021
U.S. Fiscal Confidence Drops as Pandemic Accelerates America’s Debt Challenges
“Voters understand that we are continuing to endure a terrible public health and economic crisis, but they also realize that we are piling on trillions of debt to what was already an unsustainable fiscal outlook,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation. READ MORE March 30, 2021
Peterson Statement on CBO’s Long-Term Outlook
“Today’s report provides a troubling snapshot of America’s fiscal outlook, which we know will only get worse from here,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. READ MORE March 4, 2021
Voters See Difficult Debt Challenge Ahead: 76% Say Concern has Increased
“As overcoming this pandemic continues to be a top priority, voters are also becoming more concerned about America’s rapidly worsening fiscal condition,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation. READ MORE February 24, 2021
Peterson Statement on CBO 10-Year Budget and Economic Outlook
“This new report provides the latest evidence that our fiscal condition has worsened significantly since the pandemic began, and will need to be addressed once we’re through the COVID crisis,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. READ MORE February 11, 2021
As New Administration and Congress Address Range of National Challenges, Voters Remain Mindful of National Debt
“With the nation still in the grips of a devastating public health and economic crisis, President Biden and the new Congress are right to explore additional relief and recovery legislation, but it’s also critical that we remain mindful of our long-term fiscal outlook, which has gotten far worse as our debt now exceeds the size of our economy,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation. READ MORE January 26, 2021
Fiscal Confidence Remains Low as Americans Look ahead to 2021
“The nation remains in the grips of a devastating health and economic crisis caused by the pandemic. Overcoming the virus remains the nation’s top priority, but the vast majority of Americans also recognize the need to address our unsustainable fiscal outlook once this crisis is over,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation. READ MORE January 8, 2021

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