New U.S. budget makes it more expensive to go broke

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President Trump's budget proposal calls on the Justice Department to more than double bankruptcy-filing fee collections, to $289 million next year from around $140 million last year, "to ensure that those that use the bankruptcy court system pay for its oversight."

Under President Trump's proposed federal budget, it will cost more for Americans to go broke:

The proposal calls on the Justice Department to more than double bankruptcy-filing fee collections, to $289 million next year from around $140 million last year, "to ensure that those that use the bankruptcy court system pay for its oversight."

That's not the only example of pay-as-you-go thinking. 

It's also going to cost more to be protected by Transportation Security Administration pat-downs: The Budget proposes to raise the Passenger Security Fee from $5.50 to $6.50 "to recover 75 percent of the cost of TSA aviation security operations." Those fees are typically included in every airline ticket. 

The budget calls for killing the $190 million Flood Hazard Mapping Program, arguing private-sector interests ought to do their own research on rising waters and expected property damage. 

And the Trump administration wants the IRS to cut back on paper tax forms, noting they are more expensive to review than the online kind, at least when the government's systems are online and working.

The budget calls on IRS to move away "from antiquated operations that are still reliant on paper-based review in the era of electronic tax filing," to save an estimated $239 million.