Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Government Receipts Down 34% Year over Year

Bloomberg noted with regards to yesterday's budget release:

The U.S. reported the first budget deficit for April in 26 years, recording a shortfall in the month that usually sees a jump in individual tax payments before the Internal Revenue Service’s mid-month deadline.

“When the government can’t post a surplus in April, you know things are dire,” said Richard Yamarone, director of economic research at Argus Research Corp. in New York. “It’s going to take a very long time until we see anything close to a balanced budget.”
Stripping out receipts ONLY, we see a whopping 34% decline from April 2008.

Source: Treasury

1 comment:

  1. Very consistent with papers by Reinhart and Rogoff on the subject:

    (See page 2)