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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1949 Larger Deficits Loom for the U.S. Trend in Government Spending Sets Stage For Legislative Fight By Charles Moluny WASHINGTON, Nov.. 3. — (/Pr— President Truman's forecast .that the government will rim $5Vi billions further into Hie red this fiscal year set the stage totiay for a rousing taxes-vs-spending bat- Ue in Congress. The President now ngtires: 1. Federal spending will soar to a peacetime record of $43,500,000,000 in this fiscal year; which ends next June 30. This is equivalent, to $290 for each man, woman and child in the country, or nearly 1. one-fourth of tile national income. * 2. The govcnunent will be plung- : ed $5,500,000,000 in the red tecau.se Its income will 1 total only $38,000,000,000 with tax rates what they are now. Tills would place the federal debt next June 30 at approximately $260,000,000,000. Mr. Truman's new spending forecast was made yesterday In a revision of his estimates last-January on federal financial operations in the 12 months ending next June ' 30. : The forecast anticipates that the 81st congress will add $4,000,000,000 in spending' authorizations between next January and July to • supplement the billions it authorized at its recently concluded sessions. / Congress May Be Balky The administration figures that Congress . practically committed itself to providing the extra funds when it enacted or let stand the '- program of activities on which the spending would be incurred. Some top congressional figure,, . on the Democratic as well as the Republican side gave some show of thinking otherwise when Mr'.'Tru, man said raising taxes is the only way he knows to balance the budget. They said a belter way to balance the budget is to cut spending . —and congress, meeting next in , an election year, Is more likely to reduce taxes than raise them. ' The President's revised figures, ' however, attested to the collapse of ; "economy drive" talk that reached a high pitch several times in Congress this year. ' His new spending figure represented a : $1,600,000,000, or nearly four per cent, increase in the budget program—a peacetime record itself at the time—that he . asked Congress to approve in January. ' ';.-.. Revenue Estimates Lowered White lifting his spending sights, he slashed by .$3.000.000.000 •< the revenue - expectations he held in January, when his economic report pictured a boom likely to grow still bigger under inflationary pressures. " ' . •:'.- . Yet^the^President's new revenue ''forecast was pessimistic only in comparison with his January at. titude. The: $38,000,000,000 tax-take he now expects this fiscal year ;is . under one per cent less than was taken in during the preceding year. The estimate, officials said, w as based on an assumption that, the .. economic-' situation from mid-1949 to mid-1950 will be almost 5 the same as from mid-1018 to 'mid, 1949, which had an unsurpassed dollar-prosperity average. , : The $5,500,000,0000 deficit the . . President foresaw in ,the "good , times" period his figures 1 envi'sioh- r ed would constitute an overspending of income topping 'anything seen in the 1930s. That was when the policy of "pump primiri"" by government was introduced by President Roosevelt to combat depression, whereas now (he big expense. Is military and foreign ' aid items. NEW NAVY BOSS? - Informed sources in Washington say Vice Adm. Forrest P. Sherman, above, may soon replace Adm. Louis E. Denfcld as Chief of Naval Operations. Denfeld's testimony on unification is said to have practically disqualified him from representing the Navy on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Sherman, 63. is commander of the Sixth Task Fleet in the Mediterranean. Investigators Seek Cause of Fire and Blasts WASHINGTON, Nov. 3. (AP) — Twin investigations' ,vere launched today into a fire and explosions that tore through' ; the two top floors of the Si 1,000,000 Postoffice Department Building Tuesday. The blasts injured 14 persons, most of them firemen, and with the blaze caused damage estimated by one official at S15C.OOO. •••.-' The Public Buildings Administration set up a board of inquiry in an effort to determine the cause of the fire and explosions. The District of Columbia fire marshal also organized an investigation. Most of the 3,000 government U'orkers had fled when a fire alarm sounded, and were clear of the building when the blasts occurred One government engineer said n short-circuit probably caused the oil, 'in which a transformer was immersed, .to become overheated and explode. ; Negro Flees Jail BENTON. Mo., Nov. 2 — (AP) — Recce Cole, 40, a negro, knocked a jail attendant down and escaped from Scott'County Jail her ye-ster- day. 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