U.S. needs more taxes, spending cuts, economists say


The best way to reduce the deficit is through a combination of higher taxes and spending cuts, economists say.

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The best way to reduce the deficit is through a combination of higher taxes and spending cuts, economists say.

The 236 members of the National Association for Business Economics recently surveyed say the country needs more fiscal stimulus through 2013, but by 2014 it should be time to throttle back. The reason for the delay: the sluggish nature of the country’s economic recovery.

A majority of the economists favor extending payroll tax cuts, current marginal income tax rates and current tax rates for dividends and capital gains for most or all taxpayers through 2013. Deep tax cuts that were passed under President George W. Bush expire at the end of December unless Congress takes action. At the center of debate: extending the cuts for everybody. or just households earning less than $250,000 a year.

Read more at The Statesman Journal.

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