The Treasury Department recorded a federal budget deficit of $74.9 billion in June, an astronomical number that actually represented a significant decrease from the same month last year.
To date, the federal government has racked up a deficit of $607.1 billion in the 2018 fiscal year, which ends on September 30. The budget shortfall has risen about 16 percent from the same period last year, when it was at $523.1 billion. But this June’s deficit was actually 17 percent lower than last June’s shortage of $90.2 billion.
Still, $74.9 billion is a big number. How big? Well, to give you an idea, here are some things you could buy with all that dough:
340 million ounces of “medium to high-quality” marijuana in Colorado, which costs about $220 an ounce, according to High Times.
187 million Bear Creek Arsenal AR-15 semi-automatic rifles, which currently go for $399 apiece on ClassicFirearms.com.
A pair of Washington Nationals season