Misplaced budget priorities: Ten-year costs of proposed tax extender provisions versus other selected policies (billions of dollars)

Policy option Tax breaks for businesses Tax breaks for individuals Total
One-year extension of unemployment insurance $25.213
Covering 10-year shortfall of the Highway Trust Fund $157
Repealing remaining non-defense sequester provisions $256.26
Senate tax extenders deal $315.553 $124.447
10-year extension of all 2013 expired tax provisions $694.103 $68.014

Note: Increased interest costs not included.

Source: EPI analysis of CBO and JCT data, and contemporaneous news reports.

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