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Is it worth it?

Check out the costs of proposed policies, tax breaks, and federal spending in the U.S. budget. Compare the annual or total cost with the cost per person, per taxpayer, or per household to see if you think it is worth it. See here for an explanation of policies. Click an item to share on social media.

Border Wall Requested Funding for 2020

$8,600,000,000

$60 $26 $67
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Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019

$153,000,000,000

$1,068 $467 $1,199
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Free College Tuition

$75,000,000,000

$522 $228 $588
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Green Apollo Project

$40,000,000,000

$279 $122 $314
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Green New Deal

$6,600,000,000,000

$46,089 $20,159 $51,730
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Increase Social Security Benefits by 5 Percent

$74,200,000,000

$517 $226 $582
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Infrastructure Spending

$200,000,000,000

$1,393 $609 $1,568
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LIFT the Middle Class Act

$276,000,000,000

$1,927 $843 $2,163
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Medicare for All

$3,000,000,000,000

$20,950 $9,164 $23,514
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Paid Family and Medical Leave

$30,000,000,000

$209 $91 $235
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Pension Reform

$10,000,000,000

$70 $31 $78
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Repeal 'Cadillac' Tax

$24,600,000,000

$172 $75 $193
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Repeal Estate Tax

$22,200,000,000

$155 $68 $174
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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

$208,000,000,000

$1,449 $634 $1,630
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Tax Cuts 2.0

$219,000,000,000

$1,526 $667 $1,716
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Universal Basic Income

$3,000,000,000,000

$20,950 $9,164 $23,514
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Universal Pre-Kindergarten

$6,600,000,000

$46 $20 $52
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Defense and Military Benefits

$802,342,000,000

$5,588 $2,444 $6,289
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National Defense

$595,851,000,000

$4,150 $1,815 $4,670
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Veterans Services

$206,491,000,000

$1,438 $629 $1,618
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Foreign Aid and International Programs

$44,479,000,000

$310 $136 $349
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Foreign Aid/Humanitarian Assistance

$38,163,000,000

$266 $116 $299
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Other International Affairs

$6,316,000,000

$44 $19 $50
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Science, Space, and Technology

$31,806,000,000

$222 $97 $249
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NASA

$19,744,000,000

$138 $60 $155
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National Science Foundation

$7,332,000,000

$51 $22 $57
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Other Science, Space, and Technology

$4,730,000,000

$33 $14 $37
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Energy

$3,386,000,000

$24 $10 $27
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Natural Resources and Environment

$11,449,000,000

$80 $35 $90
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Environmental Protection Agency

$7,967,000,000

$55 $24 $62
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National Parks

$3,482,000,000

$24 $11 $27
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Farm Subsidies

$17,298,000,000

$120 $53 $136
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Education

$69,501,000,000

$484 $212 $545
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K-12 and Vocational Education

$41,607,000,000

$290 $127 $326
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Higher Education

$27,894,000,000

$194 $85 $219
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Health Care

$1,142,779,000,000

$7,959 $3,481 $8,957
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Medicare

$583,184,000,000

$4,062 $1,777 $4,571
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Medicaid

$383,234,000,000

$2,669 $1,167 $3,004
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Children's Health Insurance Program

$15,760,000,000

$110 $48 $124
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Premium Tax Credits for Individual Insurance Programs

$49,200,000,000

$344 $150 $384
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National Institutes of Health

$33,102,000,000

$231 $101 $259
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Centers for Disease Control

$8,431,000,000

$59 $26 $66
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Food and Drug Administration

$2,054,000,000

$14 $6 $16
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Other Health Care

$68,014,000,000

$472 $206 $533
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Income Security

$499,272,000,000

$3,477 $1,521 $3,913
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Food Stamps

$69,212,000,000

$482 $211 $542
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Child Nutrition

$23,249,000,000

$162 $71 $182
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Unemployment Compensation

$32,736,000,000

$228 $100 $257
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Supplemental Security Income

$55,914,000,000

$389 $170 $438
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Federal Civilian Retirement

$101,868,000,000

$709 $310 $798
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Housing Assistance

$50,972,000,000

$355 $155 $400
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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

$16,023,000,000

$112 $49 $126
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Other Income Security

$149,298,000,000

$1,040 $455 $1,170
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Social Security

$990,440,000,000

$6,898 $3,017 $7,763
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Transportation

$94,011,000,000

$655 $286 $737
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Administration of Justice

$61,572,000,000

$429 $188 $483
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General Government

$63,473,000,000

$442 $193 $497
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Congressional Salaries

$143,000,000

$1 $0.4 $1
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Federal Emergency Management Administration

$39,159,000,000

$273 $119 $307
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Corporation for Public Broadcasting

$465,000,000

$3 $1 $4
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National Endowment for the Arts

$150,000,000

$1 $0.5 $1
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National Endowment for the Humanities

$152,000,000

$1 $0.5 $1
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Other General Government

$23,404,000,000

$163 $71 $183
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Interest on the Debt

$315,639,000,000

$2,198 $962 $2,474
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TOTAL 2018 SPENDING

$4,108,000,000,000

$28,611 $12,514 $32,198
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TOTAL 2018 REVENUE

$3,329,000,000,000

$23,186 $10,142 $26,092
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TOTAL 2018 DEFICIT

$779,000,000,000

$5,426 $2,373 $6,106
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Exclusion for Employer-Paid Health Insurance Premiums

$146,100,000,000

$1,020 $446 $1,145
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Reduced Tax Rates on Capital Gains and Dividends

$128,700,000,000

$899 $393 $1,009
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Preferential Tax Treatment of 401(k)s

$125,500,000,000

$876 $383 $984
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Child Tax Credit

$103,800,000,000

$725 $317 $814
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Preferential Tax Treatment of Defined Benefit Pensions

$87,900,000,000

$614 $269 $689
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Reduced Tax Rates on Foreign-Earned Multinational Business Income

$73,900,000,000

$516 $226 $579
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Earned Income Tax Credit

$70,100,000,000

$490 $214 $549
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Accelerated Write-Offs for Business Equipment

$68,000,000,000

$474 $207 $533
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Charitable Deduction

$58,100,000,000

$405 $177 $455
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State and Local Tax Deduction

$43,100,000,000

$301 $132 $338
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Exclusion of Cafeteria Plan Benefits

$37,900,000,000

$265 $116 $297
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Exclusion of Social Security Benefits

$37,900,000,000

$265 $116 $297
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Exclusion of Capital Gains at Death

$37,400,000,000

$261 $114 $293
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Exclusion of Gains for Home Sales

$34,600,000,000

$242 $106 $271
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Mortgage Interest Deduction

$33,700,000,000

$235 $103 $264
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Pass-Through Deduction

$33,200,000,000

$231 $101 $260
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Exclusion for Municipal Bonds

$30,700,000,000

$214 $94 $241
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Tax Benefits for IRAs

$25,700,000,000

$180 $79 $201
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Exclusion of Life Insurance Benefits

$22,900,000,000

$160 $70 $179
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Health Cost Deductions

$21,100,000,000

$147 $64 $165
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Expensing for Small Businesses

$21,800,000,000

$152 $66 $171
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Higher Education Tax Credits

$18,900,000,000

$132 $58 $148
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Research and Experimentation Credit

$9,900,000,000

$69 $30 $78
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Other Tax Expenditures

$154,900,000,000

$1,082 $473 $1,214
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