Improving the Nation's Fiscal Future

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The Fiscal State of Illinois

On October 24, the State Budget Crisis Task Force will be releasing its findings on the specific threats confronting the state of Illinois. Read More

Chicago Premiere of New Documentary: "The Line"

The documentary explores the emerging and entrenched faces of poverty, including an ex-banker who now relies on a food pantry, and an aging fisherman whose shrimp catching business has been devastated by the Gulf oil spill. Read More
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World Premiere of New Documentary: "The Line"

The documentary explores the emerging and entrenched faces of poverty, including an ex-banker who now relies on a food pantry, and an aging fisherman whose shrimp catching business has been devastated by the Gulf oil spill. Read More
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Online Game “Budget Hero” Releases Election Edition

An interactive game that allows players to experience the challenges of balancing the federal budget has been updated for the election year. Read More
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Analyzing the States' Budget Crisis

The State Budget Crisis Task Force details the extent of states’ fiscal problems and fiscal sustainability in the wake of the global financial crisis. Read More

Results First State Convening

Results First, a project of The Pew Center on the States and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Invites you to the second annual Results First State Convening. Read More

The Human Side of the Fiscal Crisis

Though it is clear that the United States faces an untenable fiscal situation, needed changes have not yet been made. This is in part due to the fact that the policies are difficult and the politics ... Read More

State Budgets Under Stress: Paths to Sustainability

President Robert Gallucci discusses MacArthur's partnership with the Chicago Fed to help inform the American public and policymakers of the fiscal realities facing our state and our country. Read More

D.C. Leaders More Worried, Yet More Optimistic About Solving Nation's Fiscal Problems

The federal deficit and national debt have more than doubled as a concern for movers and shakers in Washington, according to a new survey by MacArthur grantee Public Agenda. Read More

The Human Side of the Fiscal Crisis

This policy forum by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget examined two paths for dealing with the nation's fiscal situation: action and inaction, and how they will affect a variety of groups. Read More

Financial Challenges for the New Chicago Mayor

The Civic Federation, a MacArthur grantee, released a new report that details the fiscal challenges facing the next Mayor of Chicago. Read More

Will It Take a Crisis to Fix U.S. Fiscal Policy?

Unless current policies are reformed, the national debt will continue to grow, making a sovereign debt crisis, like those in Ireland and Greece, inevitable, according to a new paper by Rudy Penner of the Urban Institute. Read More

Communicating Effectively About Budgets and Taxes

With support from MacArthur, the Frameworks Institute has been conducting research to understand the underlying assumptions Americans have about budgets and taxes and to develop more productive strategies for communicating about these issues Read More

What D.C. Influencers Say About the National Debt

The second round of the "The Buck Stops Where?" survey series conduced by MacArthur grantee Public Agenda examines how Beltway insiders viewed the debt and the deficit during the 2010 midterm elections. Read More

Foundation President Robert Gallucci Addresses the City Club of Chicago

MacArthur President Robert Gallucci shares his insights into philanthropy while discussing his background and his goals for the Foundation. Read More