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Federal Spending

$3.9

Trillion

FEDERAL SPENDING
IN 2016.

$3.3

Trillion

FEDERAL REVENUE
IN 2017.

The federal government is expected to spend nearly $4 trillion in the 2016 fiscal year, despite raising only $3.3 trillion in revenue.

The federal government is expected to spend nearly $4 trillion in the 2016 fiscal year, despite raising only $3.3 trillion in revenue.

Each year, Business Forward helps local business leaders advise Congress on how to allocate taxpayer dollars and manage our national debt. They have also argued against the increasingly common threat of government shutdowns. Shutdowns, even the threat of a shutdown, can discourage business investment and hiring.

Business Leaders on Federal Spending

We develop and sell educational software for Autism and learning disabilities. Each time the government shuts down, school districts hold back on purchases not knowing how their budgets will be affected. Our revenues freeze up. From all the mess a couple year ago, we went from 13 to three staff.

Karl Smith, Owner, Accelerations Educational Software,Columbia, SC

Small businesses need dynamic stability for us to grow. Not ‘uncertainty’.

Peter Wong, CEO, Sunrise Shoes,Orangevale, CA

Purchasing confidence was at an all time low last time the government shut down. My business virtually froze in time until things got moving again in Washington.

Ben Haney, Owner, DIY Patio,Oceanside, CA

Give your advice on federal spending.