by Calculated Risk on 11/07/2018 04:46:00 PM
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
As expected, the deficit is increasing significantly.
From the CBO: Monthly Budget Review: Summary for Fiscal Year 2018
In fiscal year 2018, which ended on September 30, the federal budget deficit totaled $779 billion—$113 billion more than the shortfall recorded in 2017. The deficit increased to 3.8 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018, up from 3.5 percent in 2017 and 3.2 percent in 2016. Outlays in 2018 were reduced by a shift in the timing of certain payments; those payments were instead made in fiscal year 2017 because October 1, 2017 (the first day of fiscal year 2018), fell on a weekend. If not for that shift, the deficit in 2018 would have been $823 billion, or 4.1 percent of GDP.CBO is projecting the deficit next year will probably be close to $1 Trillion (about 4.6% of GDP).
Posted by Calculated Risk on 11/07/2018 04:46:00 PM