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Fiscal Health


The United States now faces daunting fiscal challenges and the consequences of not taking action are immense. Evidence strongly suggests that large and sustained budget defecits will erode long-term investment, productivity growth, and prosperity. Deficits of this depth and magnitude will "crowd out" investment (both public and private), deplete national saving, and will likely cause interest rates to rise. The lack of national saving will gradually undermine the nation's standard of living. Large deficits left unrestrained today will, in effect, act as delayed tax increases on future workers, who will have to contend with the consequences of overwhelming debt. Additionally, as more U.S. debt is financed by foreign investments, the potential for financial instability increases.

"Not dealing with the budget problem will mean a lower standard of living for all Americans." – Carl Camden, CEO, Kelly Services Inc. and CED Co-Chair.



Regulation and the Economy

Regulation is a major way in which government influences the U.S. market economy. The scope of government regulations is vast and reaches all sectors of the economy and all aspects of our daily lives....

September 27, 2017  |     |  Sustainable Capitalism, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal Budget



Trade Under Attack

Research shows that engaging in global trade increases economic prosperity. Policymakers should aid U.S. workers adversely impacted by global trade instead of working to protect U.S. jobs. Trade Under Attack details...

August 31, 2017  |     |  Sustainable Capitalism,  |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal Budget



Crony Capitalism:  Unhealthy Relations Between Business and Government

Crony Capitalism: Unhealthy Relations Between Business and Government, focuses on the growing public perception of a crony form of capitalism in America, and discusses the three interconnected trends that we believe are primarily responsible for...

October 14, 2015  |   Policy Position   |  Money in Politics,  |  Sustainable Capitalism, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign FinanceFiscal HealthEconomy & Federal BudgetGlobal CompetitivenessCorporate Governance



TIME FOR THE ECONOMY’S SEMESTER GRADES

By Joe Minarik Senior VP & Director of ResearchMany college students heading home for the winter holidays find that their grades are not far behind.  Some of those students are plotting to intercept...

December 18, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal Budget



October 2014 Trustee Update Call: Slowing Healthcare Cost Growth

By Joe Minarik Senior VP & Director of ResearchI was planning to talk about something else today, but a testy exchange (pardon the pun) in our local paper, the Washington Post, caught my attention....

October 15, 2014  |   Blog   |  Health Care,  |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal BudgetHealth Care



The Skinny on the Fat Tax

By Courtney Baird Research AssociateObesity Rates Slowing, but Not EnoughAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 69.1% of American adults age 20 years and over are either overweight or obese.  This percentage...

September 17, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health,  |  Health Care, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal BudgetHealth CareTax Reform



THE HOOSIER STATE’S PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP CHALLENGE: $3.8 Billion Privatized Indiana Toll Road is Running Fine, But Debt Problems Loom

By Jeffrey Hooke Vice President and Director of Economic StudiesPublic private partnerships (P3) represent an exciting area for developing new infrastructure in the United States. The P3 structure enables governments to stretch their infrastructure...

September 10, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomy & Federal Budget



THERMAL INERTIA

By Joe Minarik Senior VP & Director of ResearchMy lifetime hero, the economist Arthur Okun, used to liken the difficulty of making monetary policy to a hapless early-morning shower-taker, who alternately scalds and freezes...

August 27, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health,  |  Sustainable Capitalism, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal BudgetTax Reform



EYE-CATCHING DATA, REDUX

By Joe Minarik Senior VP & Director of ResearchEarly this month, we talked about the jarringly negative “final” first-quarter GDP report.  The -2.9 percent (annual rate) drop caused more than a...

July 30, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Democratic InstitutionsJudicial Independence and SelectionFiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal Budget



“HE’S STILL DEAD”

By Joe Minarik Senior VP & Director of ResearchIn the early moments of a movie of sometimes questionable taste (featuring Ruth Gordon and George Segal), an elderly widow of long-faded powers of memory asks...

July 16, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomy & Federal Budget



THE ECONOMY, PART DEUX

By Joe Minarik Senior VP & Director of ResearchLast week, we reviewed the “final” estimate of the first quarter’s GDP.  Then on Thursday came the employment situation report for...

July 10, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal Budget



The $1.2 Trillion Gorilla: Student Debt Burden Threatens Financial Future of Millennials

New data show that the record $1.2 trillion in student loan debt, which exceeds consumer credit card debt, is negatively impacting Millennials and the broader economy. Students graduating in 2014 are leaving school with an unprecedented average...

July 08, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthMillennialnomicsEconomy & Federal Budget



THE MAY EMPLOYMENT SITUATION REPORT AND THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY

By Joe MinarikAs just about everyone knows, the monthly employment situation report, produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is one of the most important looks (if not the most important look) at...

June 11, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomy & Federal Budget



Spring Policy Conference, May 1-2, 2014: Washington, DC

Please join the Committee for Economic Development for our two-day Spring Policy Conference on May 1-2, 2014.This year’s program will feature in-depth conversations with senior leaders, CEOs, economists, and policy makers, on early...

May 01, 2014  |   Event   |  Early Learning,  |  Fiscal Health, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign FinanceJudicial Independence and SelectionEducationEarly ChildhoodForeign LanguagesK-12PostsecondaryFiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal BudgetHealth CareTax ReformGlobal CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment



December 2013 Trustee Update Call

On December 18, 2013, Joe Minarik and Steve Odland presented updates to Trustees as part of CED's regular monthly conference call series. This month, the discussion centered around the Bipartisan Budget Act. See below for links...

December 18, 2013  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomy & Federal Budget



Here’s the Deal

There is muddling through, and there is kicking the can down the road.  Although neither is conclusive, the former is more purposeful.  The budget deal announced yesterday – the “Bipartisan Budget Act...

December 12, 2013  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthEconomy & Federal Budget



Fall Policy Conference

CED hosted its Fall Policy Conference on November 20 – 21, 2013 in New York City, New York.The conference hosted panel discussions on business statesmanship, women’s economic empowerment, the economy, and college-and-career readiness, as well...

November 20, 2013  |   Event   |  Fiscal Health,  |  Teacher Effectiveness Project,  |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, EducationK-12Fiscal HealthEconomy & Federal BudgetGlobal CompetitivenessWomen's Economic Empowerment



October 2013 Trustee Update Call

On October 16, 2013, Joe Minarik, Elliot Schwartz, and Steve Odland presented updates to Trustees as part of CED's regular monthly conference call series. This month, Elliot Schwartz provided a Sustainable Capitalism Program Update following the...

October 17, 2013  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health,  |  Sustainable Capitalism, Fiscal HealthEconomy & Federal Budget



July 2013 Trustee Conference Call

On July 17, 2013, Joe Minarik, Elliot Schwartz and Steve Odland presented updates to Trustees as part of CED's regular monthly conference call series. This month, Joe Minarik presented a discussion of President Obama's recently...

July 17, 2013  |   Blog   |  Sustainable Capitalism, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal BudgetGlobal Competitiveness



CED Spring Policy Conference

On May 9-10, 2013, CED hosted its Spring Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. at the Willard InterContinental Hotel. The conference convened business and academic leaders with experts and executive and legislative branch officials to discuss...

May 09, 2013  |   Event   |  Fiscal Health,  |  Postsecondary Education, EducationPostsecondaryFiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal BudgetGlobal Competitiveness



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