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Monday, July 28, 2008

Record Federal Budget Deficit Expected in Fiscal 2009

by Calculated Risk on 7/28/2008 09:33:00 AM

From the USA Today: Record deficit expected in 2009

The White House has increased its estimate for next year's deficit to nearly $490 billion, a record figure ... In February, President Bush predicted the 2009 deficit would be $407 billion.

The budget update shows this year's deficit headed under $400 billion ...
First, this is the Unified Budget deficit. By these projections, the General Fund deficit (the President's responsibility) will be around $600 billion this year, and $700 billion next year.

Second, these projections are probably optimistic.