WASHINGTON – The U.S. government posted a budget deficit of $10 billion in January, the Treasury Department reported Wednesday. For the fiscal year to date, the deficit has fallen 37%, as receipts have climbed 8% compared to the prior year and spending has fallen 3%. In January, the government took in $296 billion, a 9% increase from a year ago. Government spending was $306 billion, up 14%. In January of 2013 the government had a surplus of $3 billion.
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