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Fiscal Videos: voices from around the web

PGPF encourages vibrant discussion about America’s fiscal challenges. Click here for a curated collection of fiscally-themed videos from around the web, representing a range of humorous, creative, and insightful voices seeking to add to the conversation about our national debt and fiscal policy.

The videos reflect a variety of political views and ideology, and are meant to foster thought-provoking discussion. Disclaimer: the content in these videos does not necessarily represent the views of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.



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Fiscal Confidence Index: August 2014 results

PGPF today released the latest Fiscal Confidence Index survey results for August 2014. June's FCI Value is 43, a sign that voters remain deeply concerned about America's fiscal future.

PGPF President & COO Michael A. Peterson commented on the new FCI results:

"As Washington prepares to get back to work this fall, voters are calling for increased focus on the nation's long-term fiscal challenges. Regardless of political party, Americans understand we need to address our long-term fiscal challenges to support a growing, thriving economy."

See the full results for August, and read this month's press release which includes the survey questions and polling response breakdowns.



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August 2014 PGPF Chart Pack

PGPF has released its new Chart Pack update for August, Selected Charts on the Long-Term Fiscal Challenges of the United States. Download the Pack in PDF format and visit the PGPF Charts Archive to browse all of the Foundation's originally-researched charts, graphs, and tables. (Feel free to use/reproduce, with attribution to "Peter G. Peterson Foundation" along with the hyperlink.)

The PGPF Chart Pack illustrates that budget-making involves many competing priorities, limited resources, and complex issues. In this set of 22 charts, the Foundation frames the financial condition and fiscal outlook of the U.S. government within a broad economic, political, and demographic context.

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2014 Fiscal Summit Summary Book

Dive deeper into the 2014 Fiscal Summit with the Summary and Highlights book, which features detailed recaps and photos from each panel and interview. This year's Summit participants included President Bill Clinton, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Rob Portman.

Click here to view and download the complete Summary Book, and learn more about the Summit, including highlight videos, here.



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2014 Social Security & Medicare Trustees Reports: chart analysis

This week the Board of Trustees for Social Security and Medicare released their annual reports on the current and future state of those programs. The Peterson Foundation has prepared analyses based on those report, illustrating the key data points with pertinent chart information. Click here for more information, including a budget explainer on federal trust funds and a statement from PGPF President Michael Peterson on the Trustee reports.



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Fiscal Confidence Index: July 2014 results

PGPF this week released the new Fiscal Confidence Index survey results for July 2014. July's FCI Value is 41, suggesting that Americans continue to see the national debt as a top priority.

PGPF President & COO Michael A. Peterson commented on the new FCI results:

"In the heat of election season, voters are calling on their leaders to address our nation’s long-term fiscal and economic future. Americans recognize the need to put our country on a stable fiscal path, which ensures a vibrant growing economy, today and in the future."

See the full results for July, and read this month's press release which includes the survey questions and polling response breakdowns.



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PGPF analysis: CBO 2014 Long-Term Budget Outlook

Yesterday the Congressional Budget Office released the 2014 Long-Term Budget Outlook, its annual report on the federal government's fiscal condition over the next 25 years. CBO projects that, under current policies and law, the federal debt will reach 183% of GDP by 2039.

The Peterson Foundation has prepared a new analysis, with charts breaking down CBO's findings. In addition, PGPF identifies the drivers of the growing national debt, and the economic/societal impact of not addressing the issue. Click here to read the analysis.

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Q&A: 40th anniversary of the Congressional Budget Act

This Saturday (July 12th) marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. Along with creating the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office and the House and Senate budget committees, this important piece of legislation established the federal budget process still in use today.

To mark the milestone, PGPF has prepared a Q&A document highlighting the history and key features of the Congressional Budget Act. Among the highlights:

Has the Congressional Budget Act been effective in improving the budget process?
Outcomes have been mixed. While the Congressional Budget Act established a systematic framework for the Congress to develop budgets, it also shifted more power to an increasingly gridlocked and partisan Congress, where special interests can have outsized influence... The Congress has produced budget resolutions on time only 6 times in the past 40 years, most recently in 2003. Moreover, since 1974, the Congress has failed to adopt budget resolutions 9 times — all since 1999. In fact, the Congress has failed to adopt a budget resolution in the last 5 years.

The Q&A also explores potential reforms for the federal budget process. Click here for the full document.



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Animated video: a strong fiscal foundation for economic growth

The Peterson Foundation has released a new animated video showing how fiscal policy supports a strong economy. The video, "A Strong Fiscal Foundation for Economic Growth," gives a brief overview of the contributing factors and potential outcomes.

Click here to watch the video and to share it on Facebook and Twitter. Find more PGPF videos in the Multimedia section.



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PGPF special report: "Fiscal Balancing Act"

This week the Peterson Foundation released a new report, "Fiscal Balancing Act," coauthored by economists Janice Eberly (Northwestern University, NBER) and Phillip Swagel (University of Maryland). The paper examines the close linkage between America's fiscal health and economic performance, specifically how addressing long-term fiscal challenges (like the national debt) can support growth and job creation.

Read the full report here. "Fiscal Balancing Act" was also presented today at the annual CGI America 2014 conference, with a panel discussion featuring Swagel, former NEC Director Gene Sperling, and PGPF President & COO Michael A. Peterson.




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