Passing responsibilities down to lower levels of government should be undertaken primarily to place services closer to the people being served and to maximize administrative
One indicator of sensible fiscal practices is maintaining balance between spending and revenues. Occasional deficits may be necessary.
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.
States should not tie essential spending programs to unstable revenue sources.
The federal government must strive for long-term fiscal balance.
At the federal level, the two categories of budgetary expenditures are entitlement and discretionary spending.
Federal policymakers should develop a comprehensive system for financing Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) that includes a new social insurance program to provide a basic level of LTSS.
Ideally, the federal government should finance LTSS through a universal, comprehensive, and publicly administered program such as Medicare or similar social insurance program of shared risk.
Federal agencies that oversee food labeling and advertising should adopt consistent standards and definitions for terms and claims that appear on food labe
Food labels should be written in clear, plain, understandable language and printed in legible type size, font, and color. Labels i