Democrats Ringing Up Big Price Tags as Spending Plans Offset

Published Mar 27, 2019. By Seth McLaughlin.

As the candidates compete to spend taxpayers’ money, watchdogs said it’ll be important for voters to judge how realistic are the offsetting spending cuts or, more frequently, tax increases.

“An offset can only be used once and that is why it is important for candidates to put out comprehensive budget proposals, so then you can see it all, and then you can see that the magic offset can’t be used for three different things,” said Robert L. Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition. . . . 

Mr. Bixby said he hopes the candidates come to grips with the hard reality that whoever is sworn into office in January 2021 will already be “facing trillion-dollar-plus deficits for as far as the eye can see,” meaning any new proposals will be digging deeper.