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US Fiscal Confidence Falls to 7-Year Low amid Rising Concerns about Inflation and as Lawmakers Advance Major Legislation
“This seven-year low in our fiscal confidence index is a clear sign that voters are concerned about our nation’s fiscal sustainability, and Congress should keep this in mind as they shape major budget legislation,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE November 23, 2021
Peterson Foundation Statement on CBO Score of Build Back Better Act
“This CBO score is the latest evidence that this bill needs to be improved as it moves through the legislative process," said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE November 18, 2021
Peterson Foundation Convenes Fiscal and Economic Experts to Answer the Question: Where Do We Go From Here?
10 New Papers and Upcoming Virtual Event Highlight Policy Solutions on Economic Recovery and Rising Debt as America Emerges from Pandemic
READ MORE November 8, 2021
Peterson Foundation Statement on Build Back Better Framework
“Timing gimmicks not only game the budget, but can be highly disruptive to our economy and society because of the year-to-year uncertainty they present for millions of Americans," said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE October 28, 2021
Increase in Voter Concern about National Debt Reaches All-Time High as Budget Negotiations Continue
“This record level of voter concern about our national debt reinforces the urgent need for fiscal responsibility and should encourage lawmakers to fulfill their promise to fully fund new programs,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE October 28, 2021
New Poll: 9 in 10 Democrats and Republicans want Budget Reconciliation Package Fully Paid For
“Voters have made it overwhelmingly clear that they want their leaders to pay for all new spending with credible offsets, and they strongly support many proposed options to fully fund the package,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE September 28, 2021
Peterson Foundation Statement on Reconciliation Bill Progress in the House
“As the bill moves through the process, there is no shortage of options to fully pay for these new programs using credible offsets and realistic assumptions," said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE September 15, 2021
Peterson Foundation Statement on Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports
“It makes no sense that we allow programs as essential as Social Security and Medicare to remain on such shaky and uncertain fiscal ground," said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE August 31, 2021
New Poll: 9 in 10 Voters, Democrats and Republicans, Want $3.5 Trillion Reconciliation Package Fully Paid For
“It’s rare to see bipartisan agreement on any issue, yet overwhelming majorities of American voters from both parties want their leaders to fully pay for this reconciliation package,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE August 26, 2021
Peterson Statement on Senate Infrastructure Bill and CBO Score
“This bill has been formed through constructive, bipartisan policymaking and includes important investments in our economy, but it falls short of being fiscally balanced," said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE August 5, 2021
As Lawmakers Pursue Infrastructure Policies, Voters Call on Leaders to Pay for their Priorities
“Leaders from both parties have pledged to fully offset the cost of new spending, and voters want them to honor this commitment,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE July 29, 2021
Peterson Foundation Statement on Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation
“It is encouraging that leaders in the U.S. Senate have reached an historic bipartisan agreement to invest in national infrastructure," said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE July 28, 2021
NYC Small Business Resource Network Launches ‘Open + Online’ to Help Small Business Owners Access Digital Economy as Pandemic Accelerates E-Commerce Trend
“NYC Small Biz: Open + Online,” a new initiative to help small businesses to participate in the growing digital economy, was launched today by the NYC Small Business Resource Network (SBRN), a unique public-private partnership among the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, the five borough Chambers of Commerce, NYC Department of Small Business Services and the Partnership for New York City.
READ MORE July 22, 2021
New policy-focused research examines COVID-19 societal impact
Eight innovative research projects led by Northwestern faculty and funded by recent $1 million Peterson Foundation grant get underway
READ MORE July 22, 2021
Peterson Foundation Statement on New CBO 10-year Budget and Economic Outlook
“This new CBO report shows that our national debt will reach a record level over the next decade," said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE July 1, 2021
As Lawmakers Pursue Infrastructure, Voters Remain Deeply Concerned about National Debt
“Americans across party lines understand that fiscal responsibility is an essential component of effective leadership and policymaking,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE June 29, 2021
Peterson Foundation Statement on Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal
“Bipartisanship is important, and so is our $28 trillion national debt. Working across the aisle to address important needs of our nation is an essential component of a functioning democracy." said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.
READ MORE June 24, 2021
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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