Urbin Report

Sunday, February 12, 2006

I Blame Bush too!

The New England Republican blames those Bush Tax Cuts for the$21 Billion budget Surplus! So do I!

The federal government ran a $21 billion budget surplus last month, the best January showing in four years, as both spending and tax receipts set records for the month.

The Treasury Department said the government spent $209 billion last month, a record amount for January and up 7.9 percent from January 2005. Government tax receipts, however, also set a record for the month of $230 billion, up 13.7 percent from January 2005.

The faster growth in receipts than in spending pushed the suplus for the month to $21 billion, more than double the $8.6 billion surplus the government recorded in January 2005. It was the biggest January surplus since $43.7 billion in 2002.

For the first four months of the budget year that began on Oct. 1, the deficit totals $98.3 billion, an improvement of 10.2 percent from last year's pace when the deficit totaled $319 billion.