US budget deficit drops to $82.4 billion in May
WASHINGTON - The U.S. budget deficit for May dropped sharply from the level a year ago but much of the improvement reflected a calendar quirk.
The Treasury Department says the deficit dropped to $82.4 billion in May, down from a deficit of $130 billion in May 2014. But last year's deficit was inflated because June 1 fell on a Saturday, requiring the government to mail out $35 billion in June benefit payments in May of last year.
For the first eight months of this budget year, which began Oct. 1, the deficit totals $365.2 billion, down 16.3 percent from the same period last year. This year's deficit improvement has been helped by a stronger economy, which has pushed up tax receipts by 8.6 percent.