Policymakers should limit refinancing of consumers loans.
Regulators should provide robust oversight to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local consumer protection laws.
All levels of government should protect consumers against unfair debt collection practices.
Policymakers should create or extend programs that would address reverse mortgage foreclosures.
Proceeds from reverse mortgages should not affect homeowners’ eligibility for public benefit programs.
States and localities should carefully evaluate the effectiveness of the incentives they offer to attract or retain businesses.
When considering bond financing, state and local policymakers should:
Public retirement systems should establish a maximum vesting period of five years for DB plans and one year for employers’ matching contributions to defined contribution or hybrid plans.
States and localities should move toward full funding of their retirement systems.
Due to their regressive nature, raising state and local sales taxes should not be the first choice for increasing tax revenues.