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.
Efforts to reform entitlement spending should recognize the following factors:
Higher levels of government should provide adequate resources when mandating functions to lower levels of government.
Services should be implemented and operated by the level of government that can most appropriately and efficiently deliver them.
Policymakers should require providers of credit- and debt-related services to provide written contracts to consumers.
Financial capability initiatives should increase the ability of all people to make informed decisions about the use and management of money.
Bankruptcy law should increase consumer protections.
Policymakers should create and rigorously enforce consumer protections in mortgage lending.