Policymakers at all levels of government have many difficult choices to make as rising health care, education, and infrastructure costs place pressures on annual budgets and outpace revenue growth. Pew helps legislators and public officials confront these challenges by sharing information and highlighting best practices that help governments achieve both short-term and long-term financial health and make smart investments in programs that provide the strongest returns. Pew also seeks to increase state fiscal accountability, responsibility, and transparency by providing independent and unbiased information to policymakers, stakeholders, and the public, as well as help explain the complex ways that federal and state fiscal policy interact.