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As Election Day Approaches, Voter Concern about the National Debt Remains High
In the waning days of the 2020 campaign and as the nation continues to endure the coronavirus pandemic, voters remain deeply concerned about the record and rising national debt.
READ MORE October 27, 2020
Peterson Foundation, Partnership for New York City, NYC Economic Development Corporation, and Five Borough Chambers of Commerce Launch ‘NYC Small Business Resource Network’
Public-private partnership creates new resource for employers hit by the pandemic
READ MORE September 30, 2020
As Candidates Make their Case to Voters, Rising National Debt Remains Key Concern
“While the pandemic remains the top priority, voters believe that America’s deteriorating fiscal situation is also a key issue for our future,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE September 29, 2020
Peterson Statement on CBO Report: 30 Straight Years of Trillion-Dollar Deficits
“CBO’s report shows 30 straight years of trillion-dollar deficits that grow and grow, leaving no doubt that we’re on a dangerous and unsustainable fiscal path.” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE September 21, 2020
Peterson Statement on CBO Report
“This report makes it painfully clear that our unsustainable fiscal challenges have now been accelerated. The sad truth is that our national debt now equals the size of our entire economy,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE September 2, 2020
As Election Nears, Voters Understand Fiscal Outlook Is Key Issue for Nation’s Future
“In the short term, nothing is more important to our economy and our health than defeating this virus, but Americans understand that we will need to return our attention to the nation’s fiscal health once the crisis has passed,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE August 26, 2020
As Monthly Deficit Hits All-Time High, Voters Call Attention to Fiscal Outlook
“As lawmakers rightly continue to pursue policies that help our nation respond to the immediate health and economic crisis, voters are also showing increased concern about our deteriorating fiscal outlook,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE July 28, 2020
Peterson Foundation Statement on the TRUST Act
“There’s nothing that matters more right now to our physical, fiscal and economic health than defeating this virus,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE July 24, 2020
Fiscal Confidence Drops to Lowest Since 2014 as Nation Continues to Confront Significant Health, Economic Impact of Coronavirus
“America’s top policy priority right now is defeating this virus and helping the millions of Americans who are suffering economically, but as we look ahead it’s clear that Americans are growing more concerned about how we will deal with our national debt once this crisis ends.” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE June 30, 2020
2020 Up to Us Winner: Mesa Community College
Mesa Community College designs winning campaign to engage Millennial and Gen Z students on the rising $25 trillion national debt.
READ MORE May 28, 2020
As Coronavirus Pandemic Continues, Voters Remain Mindful of National Debt
“As this crisis continues, lawmakers are taking necessary action to confront the pandemic and help our nation recover. At the same time, voters are very concerned about our nation’s fiscal and economic future,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE May 27, 2020
As America Grapples with Coronavirus Pandemic, Voters See Growing Debt as Key Challenge for the Future
“While the most important national priority right now is addressing the significant health and economic impact caused by coronavirus, we all also understand that this crisis has enormous costs and impact on our fiscal position,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE April 28, 2020
As America Focuses on Healthcare Crisis and Economy, Growing Debt Remains a Concern
“America is going through an unprecedented national emergency, and we need to respond aggressively to address both the public health crisis and the economic risk,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE March 31, 2020
Peterson Foundation Statement on Fiscal Response to the Coronavirus
“The coronavirus outbreak is an unprecedented national emergency, and we need to respond aggressively to address both the public health crisis and the economic risk,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE March 23, 2020
With 2020 Election Underway, Voters Want More Progress on the National Debt
“Voters believe that managing our national debt is a top priority that should play a central role in this year’s election discussion,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE February 25, 2020
Peterson Foundation Statement on President’s Budget Proposal
“Today’s budget proposal relies on optimistic projections for economic growth and unlikely budget cuts to illustrate deficit reduction,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE February 10, 2020
Peterson Foundation Statement Ahead of President’s State of the Union Address
“By any measure, the state of the Union’s fiscal outlook is unsustainable, and getting worse,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE February 4, 2020
As America Enters Era of Trillion-Dollar Deficits, Voters Want Action on the Debt
“As the 2020 election begins, Americans are looking for leadership and solutions to our growing debt problem,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE January 31, 2020
Peterson Statement on CBO Report: Ten Straight Years of Trillion-Dollar Deficits
“Today’s CBO report shows ten straight years of trillion-dollar deficits. That’s a sad reflection of our nation’s poor fiscal health, and it adds insult to injury that we’re piling on all this debt in a growing economy,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE January 28, 2020
Voters Concerned about Fiscal Irresponsibility in Washington as Lawmakers Add Red Ink
“As another unfortunate year of fiscal irresponsibility comes to a close, voters are sending a clear message to Washington that they want fiscal leadership,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE January 7, 2020

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