Federal budget

U.S. budget gap hits $134.5 billion, up 34% in a year

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The U.S. budget gap grew to $134.5 billion in October, up roughly $34% from the same time last year, Bloomberg reports.

The big picture: The federal government ended the 2019 fiscal year with the biggest deficit — $984.4 billion — we've seen in seven years. The widening gap comes as a result of continued spending increases and dwindling receipts. The deficit marks the largest October shortfall since 2015. Income also dropped by 2.8% last month from a year earlier.

U.S. annual budget deficit widens to $984 billion, hitting 7-year high

US President Donald Trump speaks during a "Keep America Great" rally at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on October 17, 2019.
President Trump speaks during a "Keep America Great" rally in Dallas, Tex. on Oct. 17. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. Treasury is reporting a 26% increase from the 2018 budget deficit to $984 billion for the fiscal year 2019, the highest it's been in 7 years, the AP reports.

Why it matters: Revenue dropped thanks to the 2017 tax cut and the federal budget that tacked on billions of dollars in spending for the military and other programs, serving as a contrast from President Trump's campaign promises to cut wasteful spending.