Improving the Nation’s Fiscal Future

MacArthur supports projects to develop evidence and policy alternatives for addressing the country's deteriorating fiscal condition and to ensure a sound fiscal future. The Foundation is also committed to informing the American public and policymakers of the fiscal realities facing the country.

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Managing Prison Health Care Spending

Prison health care spending in 44 states totaled $6.5 billion in 2008, out of $36.8 billion in overall institutional correctional expenditures, according to a report from The State Health Care Spending Project. Read More
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City Fiscal Conditions in 2013

The National League of Cities’ 28th annual survey of city finance officers reveals an overall picture of a gradually improving economy and improving city fiscal conditions. Read More

"Vital Signs: City Budgets on the Mend"

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Assessing Cities’ Vulnerability to Bankruptcy

A study takes an in-depth look at the fiscal health of six major urban centers to explore whether Detroit’s bankruptcy is an anomaly or the beginning of a trend that could spread throughout the country. Read More
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Projections Show Significant Changes in Long-Term Budget Outlook

Recent legislation and other factors have substantially improved the long-term budget outlook, according to a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). Read More

"Illinois Debt Takes Toll, Study Finds"

From The New York Times
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