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Up to Us: Engaging the Next Generation

Michael Peterson recognized this year’s winning team from State University Of New York at Old Westbury.

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May 11, 2018
2018 Fiscal Summit Opening Remarks

Peter G. Peterson Foundation President and CEO Michael A. Peterson addresses the nation's fiscal challenges.

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May 11, 2018
Problem Solvers Caucus: Identifying Areas of Common Ground

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) appeared together on stage to discuss the political challenges in reaching across the aisle, as well as the opportunity that exists for collaboration and compromise to make progress in critical policy areas.

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May 11, 2018
Dangers of Debt: How our Fiscal Outlook Threatens the Economy

This panel will bring together voices from the private sector and academia to analyze the threats posed by America’s rapidly rising national debt and discuss fiscal solutions to put us on a better path.

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May 11, 2018
Congressional Leaders: Debt Matters to America's Economic Future, Senator Jeff Flake

In these one-on-one interviews, House and Senate leaders provided perspectives on our nation’s fiscal outlook and policies to ensure sustained economic growth.

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May 11, 2018
US 2050: What Will America Look Like at Mid-Century?

Members of US 2050’s Advisory Committee joined together for a discussion, led by David Wessel, on these interconnected trends and the importance of understanding where we’re headed in order to make better policy choices today.

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May 11, 2018
Carbon Tax: Potential for a New Fiscal Solution

This panel brought together leading experts to explore the potential for a well-designed carbon tax to help put our nation on a more sustainable fiscal path.

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May 11, 2018
Congressional Leaders: Debt Matters to America's Economic Future, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

In these one-on-one interviews, House and Senate leaders will provide perspectives on our nation’s fiscal outlook and policies to ensure sustained economic growth.

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May 11, 2018
Congressional Leaders: Debt Matters to America's Economic Future, Senator David Perdue

In these one-on-one interviews, House and Senate leaders provided perspectives on our nation’s fiscal outlook and policies to ensure sustained economic growth.

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May 11, 2018
A Conversation with Former Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz

There is a critical connection between America’s fiscal outlook, energy security and role in the world. Dr. Moniz, a nuclear physicist who served as the thirtieth United States Secretary of Energy, brings a unique understanding of these interrelated challenges and trends.

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May 11, 2018
2018 Fiscal Summit Press Release

“Debt matters because our fiscal irresponsibility threatens the economic future of every American,” said Michael Peterson, Chairman and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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May 10, 2018
2018 Up to Us Winner: State University Of New York at Old Westbury

The team will receive a $10,000 cash prize and meet with legislators on Capitol Hill to share their concerns about America’s looming fiscal challenges.

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May 8, 2018
2018 Fiscal Summit Media Advisory

As campaigns for the 2018 midterm elections get underway within a rapidly changing policy environment, America’s unsustainable fiscal condition remains a transcendent threat to our collective future.

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May 1, 2018
Infographic: How Does the National Debt Affect the Economy?

A strong fiscal outlook is an essential foundation for a growing, thriving economy.

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April 24, 2018
Fiscal Confidence Index Results for April 2018; FCI Value: 47

After the national debt eclipsed $21 trillion for the first time in March, voters remain deeply troubled by the country’s fiscal situation.

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April 24, 2018
President Trump’s Infrastructure Plan: A Closer Look

Economists generally agree that public investment in infrastructure has a positive effect on productivity, and therefore on gross domestic product.

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April 23, 2018
CBO: Income Inequality Continues to Rise

The concentration of income toward high earners has become more pronounced over the last 36 years.

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April 18, 2018
Statement on Budget Process Reform Principles as Joint Select Committee Holds First Hearing

“Our country is on an unsustainable fiscal path, and reforming our broken budget process can be an important part of improving our fiscal future," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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April 17, 2018
CBO Report Outlines Dramatically Worse Fiscal Outlook

CBO projects that, on our current path, the deficit will reach nearly $1 trillion next year and will total $12.4 trillion over the ten-year period from 2019–2028.

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April 13, 2018
A Return to Trillion Dollar Deficits

CBO reports that the fiscal outlook is dramatically worse than it was last year, primarily due to the fiscally irresponsible tax legislation and budget deal that were enacted within the past few months.

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April 9, 2018
CBO 10-year Outlook: Report Shows Real Significant Done to Fiscal Outlook

“Today’s CBO report confirms that major damage was done to our fiscal outlook in just the past few months," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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April 9, 2018
The National Debt Grew by $1 Trillion in Just Six Months

On March 15, 2018 the federal government passed an unfortunate milestone: $21 trillion dollars in gross federal debt.

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April 3, 2018
Budget Basics: Who Pays Taxes?

The fairness of our federal tax system is a hotly debated issue.

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March 29, 2018
How Much Is the National Debt? What are the Different Measures Used?

There are three widely used measures of federal debt. What are the important differences between these measurements?

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March 29, 2018
How Tax Cuts Are Affecting Revenues and Rates

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will lower revenues significantly and made changes to both tax rates and bracket widths.

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March 29, 2018
Budget Process Reform: What Are Budget Caps?

There are separate limits on the amount of funding that can be provided for defense and nondefense purposes through the appropriation process.

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March 27, 2018
Statement on Passing of Peter G. Peterson

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our Founder and Chairman, Peter G. Peterson, who worked tirelessly to secure the American Dream for future generations.

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March 20, 2018
Infographic: What Is the Debt Limit?

Increasing the debt limit allows the Treasury to borrow funds to pay for government obligations that have already been incurred as the result of laws and budgets approved by the President and Congress.

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March 19, 2018
Peterson Foundation on National Debt Surpassing $21T

“Our mounting debt threatens economic growth, reduces our flexibility to deal with future crises, and diminishes America’s role in the world.," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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March 16, 2018
Peterson Foundation Statement on Initial Meeting of New Joint Select Committee on Budget Process

“This committee has an important opportunity to improve the budget process in a way that will help encourage fiscally responsible policymaking," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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March 8, 2018
Who Will Be Affected By Medicaid Work Requirements?

Proposed work requirements would be a major change in the way that Medicaid works, and would have important implications for the program, its beneficiaries, and the federal budget.

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March 1, 2018
Analysis: The President’s FY 2019 Budget Fails to Put Us on Responsible Fiscal Path

The President’s budget reflects a dramatically worse fiscal outlook than last year’s version released just nine months ago. 

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February 27, 2018
Fiscal Confidence Index Results for February 2018; FCI Value: 46

Americans’ fiscal confidence is at its lowest point since August 2015, according to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s February Fiscal Confidence Index.

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February 27, 2018
How Much Government Spending Goes to Children?

Spending on children is shrinking as a percent of GDP.

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February 23, 2018
What is a Continuing Resolution?

A continuing resolution is a temporary funding measure that Congress can use to fund the federal government for a limited amount of time.

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February 16, 2018
Peterson Foundation Statement on President’s Budget

“Today’s budget represents a dramatically worse outlook than what was released just last May," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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February 12, 2018
Peterson Foundation Statement on Budget Deal

“After adding trillions to our national debt in last year’s irresponsible tax bill, our leaders are now adding another $300 billion in deficits over just the next two years," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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February 7, 2018
Higher Interest Rates and the National Debt

Higher short- and long-term Treasury rates mean that the federal government’s borrowing costs will also rise, thereby generating significant consequences for the budget and the national debt.

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February 1, 2018
Peterson Foundation Statement on State of the Union Address

“In order to truly help our economy, infrastructure investments must be paid for, because adding more debt hurts our economy," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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January 30, 2018
January FCI Results: As President Prepares Annual Address, Americans Remain Deeply Concerned About the Nation’s Fiscal Outlook

Voters call on President to reduce national debt, avoid government shutdowns, according to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s January Fiscal Confidence Index.

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January 29, 2018
Fiscal Confidence Index Results for January 2018; FCI Value: 51

The survey finds that voters across party lines are calling for the President to put forward plans to reduce the national debt.

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January 29, 2018
Income and Wealth in the United States: An Overview of the Latest Data

Income levels for Americans vary across geography, race, and gender.

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January 24, 2018
Three Key Things to Know about CHIP

What is the Children’s Health Insurance Program? How it is financed? Who benefits from it?

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January 23, 2018
Peterson Foundation Statement on End to Government Shutdown

“Piecemeal budgeting is a form of fiscal irresponsibility because it injects uncertainty and unpredictability into our economy," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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January 22, 2018
Infographic: Long-Term Debt and Its Drivers

Putting our nation on a sustainable fiscal path creates a positive environment for growth, opportunity, and prosperity. Unfortunately, America is on a dangerous long-term fiscal path.

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January 11, 2018
Fiscal Confidence Index Results for December 2017; FCI Value: 51

As 2018 begins, Americans remain deeply concerned about the national debt.

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January 3, 2018
Ten Charts That Sum Up This Year in Fiscal News

These charts illustrate some of the biggest fiscal policy stories from 2017.

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December 22, 2017
Tax Extenders: The Potential Hidden Costs in Tax Reform

Congress has a proven track record of extending tax provisions without paying for them.

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December 21, 2017
Debt Ceiling Update: What’s at Stake

If lawmakers do not agree on raising or suspending the debt limit before the extraordinary measures are exhausted, there would be severe consequences for both the federal government and the economy.

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December 20, 2017
Why You Should Care that 2017 Tax Cuts Will Add to the National Debt

Piling on more debt can harm our economy by crowding out private investment, reducing our fiscal flexibility, increasing the risk of a sharp jump in interest rates, and lowering confidence and certainty.

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December 20, 2017
Peterson Foundation Statement on Tax Legislation

“Lawmakers have squandered a generational opportunity to reform our tax code in a responsible way," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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December 20, 2017
Analysts Agree: House and Senate Tax Bills Would Add Substantially to the Debt

Several independent organizations have analyzed the budgetary effects of the current tax reform proposals, and they are unanimous in projecting that the legislation would add substantially to our national debt.

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December 19, 2017
Yellen: Rising National Debt Limits Our Ability to Respond to Future Downturns

In her final press conference as chair of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen said that she was “personally concerned about the U.S. debt situation” and how it may limit the government’s ability to respond to future recessions.

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December 15, 2017
Peterson Foundation Statement on Tax Bill Conference Committee

"In just the next decade, this tax bill could add more than $2 trillion to our national debt, which is already $20 trillion and growing," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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December 13, 2017
Peterson Foundation Statement on Passage of Senate Tax Bill

"The Senate has squandered an opportunity to pass fiscally responsible tax reform," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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December 2, 2017
Poll: Voters Say that Tax Reform Shouldn’t Grow the Debt

Independent analyses agree unanimously that either bill would add significantly to the growing national debt.

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December 1, 2017
Peterson Foundation Statement on JCT Dynamic Score of Senate Tax Bill

"This report confirms that tax cuts don’t pay for themselves," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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November 30, 2017
Peterson Foundation Statement on Senate Tax Bill

"The potential addition of a revenue trigger is the latest in a list of fiscal gimmicks that are being included in this bill," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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November 29, 2017
Peterson Foundation and Ford Foundation Launch US 2050

New research initiative to explore the demographic, socioeconomic, and fiscal trends that will define America at mid-century

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November 28, 2017
November FCI Results: Americans Remain Concerned about Nation’s Fiscal Outlook as Tax Debate Continues

The majority of Americans believe the U.S. is on the wrong track when it comes to addressing the national debt.

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November 28, 2017
Fiscal Confidence Index Results for November 2017; FCI Value: 50

As policymakers prepare to release legislative details about tax reform, American voters remain concerned about the nation’s fiscal health.

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November 28, 2017
Peterson Foundation Statement on Tax Legislation Advancing Through Congress

"This tax legislation is increasingly irresponsible from a fiscal standpoint," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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November 17, 2017
The Tax Reform Tradeoff: The Cost of Keeping Expenditures

Reform that eliminates virtually all tax expenditures allows for rates to be lowered significantly.

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November 17, 2017
What Is the Difference Between the Statutory and Effective Tax Rate?

The statutory tax rate is the percentage imposed by law; the effective tax rate is the percentage of income actually paid by an individual or a company after taking into account tax breaks.

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November 15, 2017
What the Interest on Deficit-Funded Tax Legislation Would Cost

The total cost of the bill is estimated to be $1.7 trillion between 2018 and 2027.

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November 15, 2017
Peterson Foundation Statement on Senate Tax Bill

"Like the House bill, the Senate proposal includes reforms that are neither permanent nor paid for, both of which impede the objective of growing the economy," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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November 9, 2017
House Tax Bill Adds $1.7 Trillion to Deficits When You Include Interest

The bill as written would move up the date we return to trillion dollar deficits by two years, to 2020.

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November 6, 2017
Peterson Foundation Statement on House Tax Bill

"Passing a bill to our kids is not the right way to pass a bill. This legislation is an example of fiscal irresponsibility," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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November 2, 2017
October FCI Results: Americans Want Leaders to Prioritize Nation’s Fiscal Health

The majority of Americans believe the U.S. is on the wrong track when it comes to addressing the national debt.

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October 31, 2017
Fiscal Confidence Index Results for October 2017; FCI Value: 51

As policymakers prepare to release legislative details about tax reform, American voters remain concerned about the nation’s fiscal health.

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October 31, 2017
Statement on Budget Resolution Allowing $1.5 Trillion in Higher Deficits

"Unfortunately, this budget paves the way for $1.5 trillion in higher deficits, plus interest," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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October 26, 2017
Tax Cuts Then and Now: The Debt Is Much Higher

Lawmakers should pursue policies that don’t make our fiscal outlook even worse.

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October 26, 2017
Peterson Foundation Statement on House and Senate Budget Resolutions

"Our tax code is long past due for an overhaul, and there are many ways to improve it in a sustainable way," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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October 5, 2017
Five Charts to Help You Better Understand Individual Tax Reform

Lawmakers unveiled a tax overhaul framework recently, outlining a number of changes to individual and corporate taxes.

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October 5, 2017
Federal Budget Deficits Rising — Even Before Tax Cuts

The federal budget deficit rose to $666 billion for fiscal year 2017 — an increase of around $80 billion from the previous year.

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October 5, 2017
Student Leaders Kick Off Up to Us “Year of Action” on 300 Campuses Nationwide

As America’s debt surpasses $20 trillion and lawmakers debate policies that will shape the country’s fiscal future, students on nearly 300 campuses across the country will mobilize as part of the Up to Us “Year of Action.”

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October 3, 2017
How Do We Measure Poverty?

The official poverty rate in 2016 was 12.7%, down from 13.5% in 2015 — bringing it back to pre-recession poverty levels.

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October 2, 2017
What is SNAP?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a wide-reaching program that provides support to many individuals and households across geographical boundaries.

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September 29, 2017
Peterson Foundation on New Tax Reform Framework

"A fundamental question is how tax reform will affect our nation’s unsustainable fiscal outlook, and that question remains unanswered," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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September 27, 2017
Five Charts to Help You Better Understand Corporate Tax Reform

Lawmakers have unveiled a tax overhaul framework, outlining a number of changes to individual and corporate taxes.

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September 27, 2017
September FCI Results: Americans Concerned about Nation’s Fiscal Health

As America crosses the unfortunate milestone of $20 trillion in national debt for the first time, voters are increasingly concerned about the fiscal condition of the country.

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September 26, 2017
Fiscal Confidence Index Results for September 2017; FCI Value: 51

As America crosses the unfortunate milestone of $20 trillion in national debt for the first time, voters are increasingly concerned about the fiscal condition of the country.

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September 26, 2017
Infographic: The Facts about U.S. Defense Spending

The good news is that there are ways of ensuring America’s security while strengthening our fiscal and economic outlook.

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September 21, 2017
Six of the Largest Tax Breaks Explained

As lawmakers consider tax reform, these tax expenditures are a key part of the discussion.

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September 21, 2017
Peterson Foundation Statement on Reports of Fiscally Irresponsible Senate Budget Resolution

"Reaching $20 trillion in debt should be a wake-up call to solve our fiscal challenges, not an invitation to add to the problem," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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September 19, 2017
The Tax Reform Tradeoff: Eliminating Tax Expenditures, Reducing Rates

The paper puts real numbers behind different scenarios for a structure for tax reform: eliminating income tax expenditures to enable lower tax rates.

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September 13, 2017
Principles for Tax Reform to Grow the Economy, Not the Debt

Fiscally responsible tax reform essential to America’s economic growth and long-term prosperity

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September 12, 2017
Peterson Foundation Statement on U.S. Debt Reaching $20 Trillion

"Surpassing $20 trillion in debt is the latest indicator of our nation's dire fiscal condition," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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September 11, 2017
How the Lack of Action on the Debt Limit Can Hurt the Economy

Even if Congress raises the debt limit and avoids default, last-minute brinksmanship alone has the potential to create economic damage.

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September 6, 2017
What’s the Difference between a Government Shutdown and the Debt Limit?

Debates over the debt ceiling and government shutdowns can be confusing, particularly in years when lawmakers must fund the government and raise the debt limit around the same time.

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September 6, 2017
Welcome Back, Congress

As Congress returns from its August recess, lawmakers face a to-do list filled with important fiscal deadlines.

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September 5, 2017
The Macroeconomic Gains from Stabilizing and Reducing Federal Debt

By making gradual changes to federal spending and revenue, lawmakers can not only stabilize our fiscal outlook, but provide long-run economic benefits for American families (in terms of real GNP growth) without inflicting undue damage on the U.S. economy in the near term.

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August 31, 2017
Peterson Foundation Statement on Tax Reform

"Smart tax reform will promote economic growth, increase fairness and simplicity, and improve the nation’s fiscal outlook. From both a fiscal and economic standpoint, tax reform is essential," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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August 30, 2017
August FCI Results: Voters Expect Policymakers to Prioritize Fiscal Solutions

As policymakers prepare to return to Washington from their August recess, voters expect them to prioritize fiscal solutions as they tackle a busy legislative agenda.

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August 29, 2017
Fiscal Confidence Index Results for August 2017; FCI Value: 56

As the nation approaches key deadlines relating to the debt ceiling and funding the government as well as debates on tax reform, American voters are calling for the national debt to be a top priority.

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August 29, 2017
Statement from the Peterson Foundation on Tax Reform

"Reforming taxes in a fiscally responsible way will increase confidence and certainty, and improve conditions for growth over the long term," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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July 27, 2017
Five Things You May Not Know about Medicaid

There's ongoing discussion in Washington about making changes to Medicaid. Learn more about the program.

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July 26, 2017
July FCI Results: Americans Focus on Nation's Fiscal Health

As policymakers prepare to return to their districts for August recess, American voters remain concerned about the nation’s fiscal health.

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July 25, 2017
Fiscal Confidence Index Results for July 2017; FCI Value: 52

Voters are now more than twice as likely to say that the United States is on the wrong track in addressing the national debt than to say it is moving in the right direction.

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July 25, 2017
What is PAYGO?

PAYGO is a budget enforcement mechanism intended to prevent passage of legislation that increases deficits.

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July 20, 2017
What is the budget window?

While a 10-year window is currently the standard, the number of years covered by budget resolutions has varied.

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July 20, 2017
What is budget reconciliation?

Reconciliation is a powerful process, whereby legislation drafted to meet those instructions has an easier path to passage.

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July 20, 2017
What is sequestration?

Sequestration was designed to be a blunt instrument, whose arbitrary effects would be so undesirable that they would compel policymakers to reach compromise on budget legislation rather than allow the cuts to go into effect.

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July 20, 2017
What are discretionary spending caps?

There is one cap for national defense and another cap for non-defense programs.

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July 20, 2017
What is the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)?

CBO plays a vitally important role in the federal budget process.

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July 20, 2017
Budget Explainer: Medicare

This budget explainer describes the Medicare program, how it is financed, what it pays for, what role it plays in financing American health care, and what is projected for the future.

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July 20, 2017
Infographic: 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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July 19, 2017
How Does Social Security Work?

Social Security is the largest single program in the federal budget and makes up approximately one quarter of total federal spending.

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July 19, 2017
What You Need to Know about the Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports

Social Security and Medicare affect nearly every American at some point in their lives.

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July 17, 2017
Medicare Trustees Warn of Serious Financial Shortfalls

The Trustees highlight a fundamental imbalance between rising Medicare spending and the revenue sources dedicated to fund it.

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July 14, 2017
Analyses: Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports

Research from the Peterson Foundation looks at the 2017 Annual Reports from the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees, with key findings from each report illustrated with chart data.

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July 14, 2017
Trustees Warn: Social Security in Financial Trouble

As the large baby boom generation enters retirement and Americans continue to enjoy longer lifespans, more and more individuals will collect benefits from the system and for longer periods, while relatively fewer workers will contribute taxes to support it.

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July 13, 2017
CBO: Debt Remains High Under President’s Budget

Using its own economic and technical assumptions, CBO finds that the budget would not reach balance in 2027 as the administration projects — but instead the deficit would grow from $693 billion in 2017 to $720 billion in 2027.

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July 13, 2017
Statement on the 2017 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports

"In today’s reports, the Trustees once again warn us that Social Security and Medicare are unsustainable and in danger of becoming insolvent," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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July 13, 2017
Yellen: Congress Should Factor National Debt into Policy Decisions

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen emphasized the need for lawmakers to consider for the rising national debt — and its unsustainable trajectory — when considering policy choices.

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July 12, 2017
Five Key Takeaways from the CBO Budget and Economic Outlook

CBO warns that the “high and rising debt would have serious negative consequences for the budget and the nation,” including reduced incomes for families, an increased likelihood of financial crisis, and decreased flexibility for lawmakers when responding to unexpected challenges.

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June 30, 2017
CBO: Unsustainable Deficits Threaten Future Economic Growth

On our current path, CBO projects that deficits will reach $1.0 trillion by 2022 and total $10.1 trillion over the next ten years.

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June 29, 2017
Statement on the CBO's Budget and Economic Outlook

"As lawmakers debate significant reforms, our growing deficits should be a factor in every policy conversation," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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June 29, 2017
May FCI Results: Americans Deeply Concerned About Nation’s Fiscal Health

With the Administration unveiling the president’s budget plan this month and lawmakers on Capitol Hill considering major pieces of legislation that would affect the country’s fiscal outlook, voters remain concerned about the national debt and the fiscal well-being of the country.

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May 31, 2017
Fiscal Confidence Index Results for May 2017; FCI Value: 54

With the Administration unveiling the president’s budget plan this month and lawmakers on Capitol Hill considering major pieces of legislation that would affect the country’s fiscal outlook, voters remain concerned about the national debt and the fiscal well-being of the country.

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May 31, 2017
Analysis: The President’s FY 2018 Budget

The President's budget has a worthy goal of deficit reduction. However the economic assumptions underlying the president’s budget are optimistic.

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May 26, 2017
Improving Healthcare to Deliver Better Quality Care at Lower Cost

Three renowned healthcare experts discussed the current prospects for healthcare reform in Congress, and also how innovations in delivery reform, payment reform, and data transparency can lead to better health outcomes at lower cost.

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May 23, 2017
2017 Fiscal Summit Press Release

“Addressing our nation’s unprecedented and unsustainable debt is critical to securing a strong, growing economy of the future,” said Pete Peterson, Founder and Chairman of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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May 23, 2017
2017 Fiscal Summit: Interview with Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX)

Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX) discusses the goals for tax reform legislation, the specific proposals under discussion, and how to overcome deeply entrenched interests across the economy.

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May 23, 2017
2017 Fiscal Summit: Interview with House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-05)

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer discusses the goals for tax reform legislation, the specific proposals under discussion, and how to overcome deeply entrenched interests across the economy.

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May 23, 2017
2017 Fiscal Summit: Interview with Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande explains how healthcare delivery reform can help reduce costs and improve quality of care with PGPF President and CEO Michael A. Peterson.

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May 23, 2017
Growth and Fiscal Sustainability in a Changing Economy

How do we generate successful and sustainable fiscal and economic health for America? How much growth is really possible?

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May 23, 2017
Up to Us: Engaging the Next Generation

Michael Peterson recognized this year’s winning team from Jackson State University.

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May 23, 2017
2017 Fiscal Summit: Interview with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi explores the connection between America’s rising national debt and a crowded legislative agenda with CNN's Dana Bash.

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May 23, 2017
2017 Fiscal Summit: Interview with Michael G. Mullen, USN (Ret.)

Michael G. Mullen, USN (Ret.) explores how the nation's safety, strength, and international influence are built on our nation’s fiscal and economic health with CNBC's John Harwood.

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May 23, 2017
2017 Fiscal Summit: Interview with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin explains the administration's tax reform plan and the effect on economic growth and the nation’s fiscal condition with CNBC's John Harwood.

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May 23, 2017
2017 Fiscal Summit: Rising Debt in a Changing Economy

Peter G. Peterson Foundation President and CEO Michael A. Peterson addresses the nation's fiscal challenges.

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May 23, 2017
Getting to Yes: Finding Consensus in a Divided Congress

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) explored the possibilities that exist to find consensus in a shifting landscape with PBS NewsHour's Lisa Desjardins.

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May 23, 2017
2017 Fiscal Summit: Interview with Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)

Senator Mark Warner explores the connection between America’s rising national debt and a crowded legislative agenda with CNN's Dana Bash.

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May 23, 2017
2017 Fiscal Summit: Interview with Senator John S. McCain (R-AZ)

Senator John McCain explores the connection between America’s rising national debt and a crowded legislative agenda with CNN's Dana Bash.

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May 23, 2017
Peterson Foundation Statement on President's Budget

“America’s high and rising national debt threatens our economy, and must be included in the policy conversation this year," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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May 23, 2017
2017 Up to Us Winner: Jackson State University

The student team from Jackson State University has won the fifth annual Up to Us Campus Competition, which empowers students across the country to raise awareness and engagement on America’s fiscal challenges.

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May 22, 2017
2017 Fiscal Summit Media Advisory

Set against the backdrop of a new political, policy and economic landscape, the 2017 Fiscal Summit will explore the connection between the legislative agenda and our growing national debt

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May 18, 2017
Top 10 Reasons Why the National Debt Matters

Now that the economy is stronger, we have the opportunity to put in place sensible reforms that will put our long-term fiscal trajectory on a sustainable path.

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May 8, 2017
The Fiscal Month in Review: Resurrection of the AHCA, Broad Strokes on Taxes

As the Trump administration marks the 100 day milestone, a number of pressing fiscal issues remain to be resolved.

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April 28, 2017
Statement on President's Tax Plan

Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, commented today after the White House released the outline of President Trump’s tax plan.

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April 26, 2017
April FCI Results: Voters Focus on Fiscal Health

As policymakers pursue a range of legislative reforms, American voters remain concerned about the nation’s fiscal health.

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April 25, 2017
Fiscal Confidence Index Results for April 2017; FCI Value: 53

In the early days of a new administration and Congress, voters have increased expectations for elected leaders to take action on our national debt, and remain deeply concerned about our fiscal outlook.

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April 25, 2017
Four Key Takeaways from the CBO Long-Term Outlook

Federal debt is already at its highest level since 1950 and is projected to climb to an all-time high.

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March 31, 2017
The Fiscal Month in Review: Busy Months Ahead for Legislators

As lawmakers look pursue a range of policy priorities, there are a number of fiscal concerns on the calendar over the coming months.

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March 30, 2017
March FCI Results: Americans Remain Deeply Concerned

Voters are more likely this month to say the country is currently on the wrong track in addressing our fiscal challenges.

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March 28, 2017
Fiscal Confidence Index Results for March 2017; FCI Value: 57

Voters clearly want action in Washington as 77% say that the President and Congress should be spending more time addressing the debt.

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March 28, 2017
Statement on CBO's 2017 Long-Term Budget Outlook

“America’s high and rising national debt threatens our economy, and must be included in the policy conversation this year," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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March 28, 2017
Statement on President Trump’s Budget Blueprint

“As lawmakers work through the budget process and pursue other major reforms, they have a responsibility to address our nation’s high and rising debt," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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March 16, 2017
The Debt Ceiling Reinstated

What does reinstating the debt ceiling mean for federal policymaking and the economy?

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March 15, 2017
Statement on the President’s Address to Congress

"As our leaders consider reforms in key areas such as healthcare and tax reform, we must enact policies that also improve our nation’s fiscal outlook. Looking ahead, the President and Congress have the opportunity to work together to stabilize our debt and provide a strong foundation for economic growth," said Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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February 28, 2017
February FCI Results: Americans Call on Policymakers to Make National Debt a Top Priority

As President Trump prepares to address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday evening, voters are calling for more focus on the national debt, according to the February Fiscal Confidence Index.

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February 28, 2017
Fiscal Confidence Index Results for February 2017; FCI Value: 60

In the early days of a new administration and Congress, voters have increased expectations for elected leaders to take action on our national debt, and remain deeply concerned about our fiscal outlook.

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February 28, 2017
January FCI Results: Voters Expect Action

Driven by a change in sentiment of Republican voters, Americans overall are now more evenly split on whether the country is on the right direction or wrong track on addressing the debt.

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February 2, 2017
The Fiscal Month in Review: Healthcare, Taxes, and Debt

With a new Congress and president in place, a number of important fiscal and economic policy issues have come to the forefront in January.

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January 31, 2017
The Fiscal Month in Review: Questions about Policy Specifics Remain

Trump outlined some broad strokes of his budget proposal on February 27, but lawmakers and voters are anxious to see where the administration stands on a number of key budgetary issues.

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January 31, 2017
Fiscal Confidence Index Results for January 2017; FCI Value: 67

In the early days of a new administration and Congress, voters have increased expectations for elected leaders to take action on our national debt, and remain deeply concerned about our fiscal outlook.

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January 31, 2017
Top Three Takeaways on the 10-Year Fiscal Outlook

As a new president and Congress get to work on their policy priorities for 2017, there is one issue that affects all others: the nation’s unsustainable long-term fiscal outlook.

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January 25, 2017
CBO Warns: Deficits Will Reach $1 Trillion In 2023

CBO projects that, on our current path, deficits will reach $1 trillion by 2023 and total $9.4 trillion over the next ten years.

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January 24, 2017
Statement on CBO's Budget and Economic Outlook

“As a new president and Congress take office, one thing hasn’t changed: our nation’s fiscal outlook remains unsustainable," Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, said in response to the Congressional Budget Office's Budget and Economic Outlook update.

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January 24, 2017
Infographic: The National Debt and Our Economy

Donald Trump entered office with the highest level of debt to GDP of any incoming president since Harry Truman.

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January 24, 2017
GAO: Congress and Trump Administration Face Serious Fiscal Challenges

“The federal government’s fiscal path is unsustainable," warns the Government Accountability Office.

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January 18, 2017
Fiscal Confidence Index Results for December 2016; FCI Value: 60

As the year comes to a close, the nation’s fiscal health remains a top concern for voters, according to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s December Fiscal Confidence Index.

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January 4, 2017
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