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            by Andrew Trunsky  Federal deficits are projected to skyrocket over the next decade, resulting in a national debt that could be 107% of U.S. GDP, according to a recent Congressional Budget Office report. The United States’ debt reached 100% of GDP during the past fiscal year largely due to the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic and the $2.2 trillion CARES Act passed in March 2020. While the CBO’s February report projects unprecedented deficits, they are smaller than the office’s projections from last summer due to the country’s promising economic outlook. According to the office’s recent report, deficits accumulating over the next decade will total approximately $12.6 trillion, which is 3% less than last summer’s projections. Despite continued economic recession and high unemployment due to the pandemic, the CBO attributed the slight decline to stronger-than-expected economic activity and higher inflation and interest rates, all of which will increase tax revenue more...
    Federal deficits are projected to skyrocket over the next decade, resulting in a national debt that could be 107% of U.S. GDP, according to a recent Congressional Budget Office report. The United States’ debt reached 100% of GDP during the past fiscal year largely due to the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic and the $2.2 trillion CARES Act passed in March 2020. While the CBO’s February report projects unprecedented deficits, they are smaller than the office’s projections from last summer due to the country’s promising economic outlook. According to the office’s recent report, deficits accumulating over the next decade will total approximately $12.6 trillion, which is 3% less than last summer’s projections. Despite continued economic recession and high unemployment due to the pandemic, the CBO attributed the slight decline to stronger-than-expected economic activity and higher inflation and interest rates, all of which will increase tax revenue more than government...
    BALTIMORE -- The Congressional Budget Office says the federal government is on track for a $2.3 trillion deficit this year, down roughly $900 billion from last year when the coronavirus pandemic led Congress to provide historic amounts of financial aid.Stronger economic growth has helped to reduce the anticipated shortfall for this year. Still, the deficit could soon be revised upward if President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package becomes law. The additional aid - coming after roughly $4 trillion was approved last year - would add more red ink once enacted, but isn't included in Thursday's CBO projections.Excluding the Biden plan, this year's deficit will equal 10.3% of gross domestic product, which is a measure of the total value of the economy's goods and services. The past two years have the highest deficits relative to GDP since 1945.The CBO expects the budget deficit to fall to about $1 trillion...
    Economists have done a lot of research on the effects of raising the minimum wage, with the best of that research using real-life examples. It’s not actually hard to find a place that’s raised the minimum wage, after all—29 states and the District of Columbia have done so, in addition to historical data from increases at the federal level, as well as international data. In 2019, University of Massachusetts economist Arindrajit Dube did major review of the data for the government of the United Kingdom, finding “minimum wages in a range of countries have had a negligible or zero effect on jobs, but significantly increased the earnings of the lowest paid.” Monday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) came out with its guess on the effects of the minimum wage gradually rising to $15, and once again, the CBO ignored the bulk of the economic research showing what has already happened as a result of...
    WASHINGTON -- Increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour would reduce the number of Americans living in poverty and boost wages for millions of Americans while adding to the federal debt and joblessness, a new report from the Congressional Budget Office projects.The federal deficit would increase by about $54 billion over 10 years under a Democratic proposal to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15, largely because the higher wages paid to workers, such as those caring for the elderly, would contribute to an increase in federal spending, the estimate found.Democrats are pushing to include the higher minimum wage as part of their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan. House committees this week will begin crafting the legislation along the lines that President Joe Biden has requested. The Committee on Education and Labor included the wage hike in its portion of the COVID-19 legislation unveiled Monday.Beyond the wage increase,...
    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is out with a new report undercutting the case congressional Democrats and President Joe Biden have been making in favor of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. On Monday, the CBO released its report analyzing the economic impact of the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2025. The CBO found that legislation would increase the federal budget deficit by $54 billion between 2021 and 2031. More importantly, however, the legislation would drive up the prices of goods and services, while also reducing employment by 1.4 million jobs. The report states: In 2025, when the minimum wage reached $15 per hour, employment would be reduced by 1.4 million workers [or 0.9 percent of all jobs], according to CBO’s average estimate. In 2021, most workers who would not have a job because of the higher minimum wage...
    President Joe Biden's proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour would cost jobs and raise the costs of good and services but would lift nearly one million out of poverty, a nonpartisan budget agency said in report released Monday. The wage hike would would cost 1.4 million jobs by 2025 and increase the deficit by $54 billion over ten years, the Congressional Budget Office said in its findings. In its cost assessment of Biden's 'Raise the Wage Act of 2021,' the non-partisan agency also said a minimum wage increase would lift 900,000 Americans out of poverty.  The findings will likely inflame the debate around the proposal instead of settle things. Democrats have argued the wage hike will lift people out of poverty. Republicans have countered it would cost jobs.   Both sides will find support for their argument in the CBO assessment. President Joe Biden's proposal to raise...
    An increase of the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour would result in the loss of 1.4 million jobs, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) average estimate detailed in a report released Monday. The Raise the Wage Act would also raise the budget deficit $58 billion, according to the CBO analysis. That would potentially jeopardize the ability of Democrats to pass the bill through budget reconciliation, which is how Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suggested he would try to turn it into law. CBO just released its new $15 min wage analysis—adds $58B to the deficit, kills 1.4M jobs. Have to look at how they reach these numbers, but it’s a bad blow for the Raise the Wage Act. Progressive economists likely screaming into their laptops right now.https://t.co/x5X5GUzIay — Jordan Weissmann ???? (@JHWeissmann) February 8, 2021 Democrats re-introduced the bill, which passed the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives...
    More On: economy Young people think Biden will lead US out of recession, poll finds US workers file 847,000 new jobless claims as pandemic rages on Job losses from COVID much worse than 2009 financial crisis, UN says Syria floats new bank note amid soaring inflation WASHINGTON — The US economy will bounce back to its pre-pandemic size by the middle of the year without any emergency stimulus, the US Congressional Budget Office projected Monday. The report throws a monkey wrench into President Biden’s push to pass an enormous $1.9 trillion rescue plan ahead of a meeting with 10 Republican lawmakers at the White House on Monday evening after they presented their own more modest proposal. The nonpartisan federal agency paints an optimistic forecast following a year-long fight with the coronavirus with has killed 441,000 Americans, put millions out of work, and shuttered large swaths of the US economy. The...
    The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday reported that the federal deficit for the current fiscal year is projected to be $3.3 trillion, more than triple the shortfall recorded in fiscal year 2019. The projected deficit is 16% of GDP, which is the largest since 1945, when the nation financed World War II. Much of the red ink this year was caused by the federal response to the coronavirus. This is breaking news. This article will be updated. Business News Budgets and Deficits
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