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A view from the fiscal cliff

January?s deal on the so-called fiscal cliff only raised projected revenue moderately and continued to push the spending issue forward unresolved. The economy may have been slowed down by such a drawn-out process, as well as by the uncertainty on the future size of government and on the distribution of the tax burden.
The Regional Economist , Issue Apr

State budgets under stress: paths to sustainability

State governments have been noticeably absent in contributing to U.S. economic growth since the recession of 2008?09. Despite some recovery in tax revenues, many states are still reporting budget shortfalls and spending pressures for pensions and health care.
Chicago Fed Letter , Issue Oct

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The fiscal cliff in context

Federal revenue is currently well below its postwar, pre-crisis average, while expenditure is well above, with both factors contributing to a large and persistent deficit. Under current law, the deficit situation would be quickly, if painfully, resolved, with the lion?s share resulting from increased tax revenue.
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The political economy of balanced budget amendments

A balanced budget amendment is a constitutional rule requiring that the government collect enough revenue to finance its expenditures every year. The motivation for introducing such a rule is the desire to restrict deficit spending and limit increases in government debt. However, policymakers strongly disagree about the rule?s coverage and provisions. In particular, they disagree on how to define the terms revenue and expenditures and under which conditions exceptions to the rule should be allowed. In this article, Marina Azzimonti provides an overview of the arguments raised by proponents ...
Business Review , Issue Q1 , Pages 11-20