Both President Bush and Senator Kerry have promised to halve the federal deficit by 2009. Both campaigns also have proposed major new initiatives that could increase the deficit because they would require cutting taxes or raising spending.
Panelists at this briefing will analyze the major spending and tax plans of both presidential candidates, paying special attention to health care, education, and taxes. Experts will assess the merits of the proposals, their costs, and their likely effects on the budget. Following their remarks, representatives of the Bush and Kerry campaigns will comment.