Biden’s budget plan: raise taxes on the rich, cut deficits

President Joe Biden releases draft budget that attempts to tell voters what the diverse and sometimes fractured Democratic Party stands for

Bottom line: Biden is proposing a total of $5.8 trillion in federal spending for fiscal year 2023, which begins in October, slightly less than what was expected to be spent this year before the spending bill additional ones are enacted this month. The deficit would be $1.15 trillion.

There would be $795 billion for defense, $915 billion for national programs, and the balance would go to mandatory spending such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and net interest on the national debt.

The higher taxes outlined Monday would generate $361 billion in revenue over 10 years and would apply to the top 0.01% of households. The proposal lists an additional $1.4 trillion in revenue generated over the next decade from further tax increases intended to preserve Biden’s pledge not to raise taxes on people earning less than $400,000. .

The 156-page plan also shows the shards that persist in Biden’s coalition and the possible gaps between the promises of what’s on offer and the realities of what ultimately emerges. Biden has backed many of these ideas before without necessarily getting full congressional buy-in.

The proposal includes a minimum tax of 20% on household income worth $100 million or more, similar to a proposal Democrats in Congress began debating late last year and which does not failed to clear the Senate.

More money would go to support law enforcement, but bipartisan police reform efforts have failed. The budget assumes – with a high degree of uncertainty based on forecasts made last November – that inflation at a 40-year high will return to normal next year.

“Budgets are statements of values,” Biden said in a statement, “and the budget I release today sends a clear message that we value fiscal responsibility, safety and security at home and around the world, and the investments necessary to continue our equitable action”. growth and building a better America.

It’s a pitch for the midterm elections in a nation still unbalanced after a few chaotic years caused by the pandemic, an economic recession, a recovery, challenges to American democracy and the war in Ukraine. The Biden budget plans to cut annual deficits by more than $1 trillion over the next decade. Those cuts would come largely through higher taxes and the expiration of relief spending related to the coronavirus outbreak that began in 2020.

White House Budget Director Shalanda Young told reporters the plan did not include items related to this possible bill because “discussions with Congress are ongoing.” But the budget plan includes a “deficit-neutral reserve fund” to account for the conclusion of a possible agreement.

The Biden administration last year considered a tax hike that looks like the minimum 20% on total income for people worth $100 million or more. But Manchin denied that idea as divisive. What the Biden administration outlined on Monday would raise $361 billion over 10 years and would apply to the top 0.01% of households. The proposal lists an additional $1.4 trillion in revenue generated over the next decade from other tax changes.

Among the tax changes are a corporate tax rate of 28% and a top individual rate of 39.6%, both increases.

The plan is based on a forecast that the economy will return to normal next year after unprecedented pandemic and inflation-related spending. The budget projects inflation of 4.7% this year and 2.3% in 2023, up from 7% in 2021. Yet prices have continued to climb in the first two months of 2022, and the invasion of the Ukraine by Russia has driven up the prices of oil, gasoline and natural gas. in a way that could spread throughout the economy.

Cecilia Rouse, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said the administration expects “the economy to normalize” as the country weathers the waves of the pandemic, pressures on the chain of supplies are easing and the “extraordinary measures” of support linked to the off-budget coronavirus roll. This normalization would imply inflation returning to its most typical levels, “but there is huge uncertainty,” Rouse said.

ABC News

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