Amongst its usual cracker jack budget projections yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office provided a few toy surprises for budget watchers. One is an updated estimate of the direct budget costs of the 2009 stimulus bill, officially known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
CBO originally estimated that ARRA would cost $787 billion from 2009 through 2019. Its new estimate is $862 billion, about $75 billion higher.
Key changes to the estimate:
- Food stamps (officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program): $34 billion more than expected
- Build America Bond program: $26 billion more
- Unemployment compensation: $21 billion more
- Medicaid: $3 billion less than expected
- Other spending: $3 billion less
(CBO did not make any updates for the tax provisions in ARRA.)
For an earlier discussion of the stimulus being bigger than expected, see this post.
For a discussion of why the $862 billion figure (formerly known as the $787 billion figure) is not really the right measure of stimulus, see this post.
Note: CBO provides many details about ARRA in Appendix A of yesterday’s report.