When economic conditions permit, states should accumulate budget reserves adequate to maintain services during recessions.
Deficit-reduction efforts should avoid cuts in programs that serve low- and moderate-income populations.
The federal government must strive for long-term fiscal balance.
Efforts to reform entitlement spending should recognize the following factors:
AARP supports exempting Social Security’s administrative costs from limitations on discretionary appropriations in the federal budget.
Efforts to balance the budget or address shortfalls should remain the purview of the legislative branch.
Policymakers should provide for transparency and honesty in the budget process.
Policymakers should enact comprehensive planning statutes, regulations, and incentives that promote:
Policymakers should identify and take steps to mitigate potential natural hazards.
Funding for livable communities projects should be sufficient to: