Washington, D.C. The federal budget deficit is running at a pace that is more than double last year's imbalance through the first four months of the budget year.
In its monthly review of the government's finances, the Treasury Department said Tuesday that the budget was in surplus in January but totals $87.7 billion so far this budget year, double the $42.2 billion imbalance recorded during the same period in 2007. The new budget year started last Oct. 1.
The Bush administration sent its final budget request to Congress last week, projecting that the deficit for all of 2008 will total $410 billion, very close to the all-time high in dollar terms of $413 billion in 2004.
So far this year, federal spending is 8.3 percent ahead of last year's pace, at $949.1 billion. That is far ahead of the 3.2 percent increase in revenues, which have totaled $861.4 billion in the current budget year. For 2007, the budget deficit totaled $162 billion, a five-year low.