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Government Shutdowns, the New Fiscal Politics, and the Case for Default Budgets
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In nearly every area of law and governance, default policies exist when lawmakers cannot pass new legislation-typically the status quo simply remains in effect. To its detriment, United States budget making at both the state and federal levels lacks effective defaults. If a new budget isn't passed by year end, there is no budget, and the government shuts down. The lack of defaults, coupled with a dysfunctional era of budgetary politics, has led to a number of recent highprofile and costlydoi:10.2139/ssrn.2339314 fatcat:jbn2v4l475cqdey3k7udaxcw2e