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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New Poll: Voters Want Congress to Act to Reduce the National Debt

More than 70 percent of mid-term voters polled in a post-election survey say it is "very important" that Congress takes steps to reduce the national debt. Read More

National Town Meetings on Our Fiscal Future

3,500 Americans gathered together at 57 sites across the country to deliberate about our nation's fiscal future. Read More
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America's Fiscal Future: Making Difficult Choices

Our government spends more money than it takes in; as a result, the nation's debt is growing rapidly. The economic recession has worsened the current imbalance, but the real challenge is the long-term budget picture ...

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MacArthur President Robert Gallucci Introduces America's Fiscal Future: Making Difficult Choices

As a nation, we have been over-spending, over-promising, and over-borrowing. Our panelists will go into the details of how this came to be, and what the implications are for the United States. Read More
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AmericaSpeaks: Our Budget, Our Economy

Sound bites and clips from the national town hall meeting, AmericaSpeaks: Our Budget, Our Economy. For more information, visit AmericaSpeaks.

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Americans Come Together to Send Strong Message to Congress about Fiscal Future

Thousands of Americans across 60 cities participated in a MacArthur-supported discussion on America’s fiscal future called AmericaSpeaks. Read More

Survey Offers Washington Influencers' Views on the National Debt

Policy and opinion leaders in Washington, D.C., are concerned about the national debt but fear that politics will get in the way of finding solutions, according to a new survey by Public Agenda. Read More

Penner Addresses President's Commission on Deficit Reduction

Rudolph Penner, co-chair of the MacArthur-supported Committee on the Fiscal Future of the United States, which recently released a report on the nation's fiscal choices, testified before President Obama's bipartisan commission on reducing the ... Read More
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New Report on "Choosing the Nation's Fiscal Future"

A new joint report from the National Research Council and the National Academy of Public Administration offers U.S. leaders ways to address the nation's fiscal problems and confront its rapidly growing debt. Read More

Strengthening Policy through Research

Long before the current recession, rising deficits, an aging population, spiraling healthcare and entitlement costs, stagnant economic growth, and other issues were threatening America's long-term fiscal health. Read More