Budget Surplus Photos on Townhall

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              Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras addresses a press conference in Athens, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Stournaras said the crisis-afflicted country's main objective now is to achieve

    Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras addresses a press conference in Athens, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Stournaras said the crisis-afflicted country's main objective now is to achieve

    Posted: 4/16/2013 10:10:43 AM EST
    Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras addresses a press conference in Athens, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Stournaras said the crisis-afflicted country's main objective now is to achieve a primary budget surplus this year, even though that is not part of its formal commitments to bailout creditors. On Monday, Greece struck a deal with its creditors on new reforms that will allow it to receive its next batch of bailout loans from its international creditors Monday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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              Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras addresses a press conference in Athens, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Stournaras said the crisis-afflicted country's main objective now is to achieve

    Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras addresses a press conference in Athens, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Stournaras said the crisis-afflicted country's main objective now is to achieve

    Posted: 4/16/2013 10:10:43 AM EST
    Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras addresses a press conference in Athens, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Stournaras said the crisis-afflicted country's main objective now is to achieve a primary budget surplus this year, even though that is not part of its formal commitments to bailout creditors. On Monday, Greece struck a deal with its creditors on new reforms that will allow it to receive its next batch of bailout loans from its international creditors Monday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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              Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras addresses a press conference in Athens, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Stournaras said the crisis-afflicted country's main objective now is to achieve

    Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras addresses a press conference in Athens, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Stournaras said the crisis-afflicted country's main objective now is to achieve

    Posted: 4/16/2013 10:10:43 AM EST
    Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras addresses a press conference in Athens, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Stournaras said the crisis-afflicted country's main objective now is to achieve a primary budget surplus this year, even though that is not part of its formal commitments to bailout creditors. On Monday, Greece struck a deal with its creditors on new reforms that will allow it to receive its next batch of bailout loans from its international creditors Monday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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              A European flag waves in front of the Reichstag building with the inscription 'Dem deutschen Volke' ('To The German People') in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. Official data s

    A European flag waves in front of the Reichstag building with the inscription 'Dem deutschen Volke' ('To The German People') in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. Official data s

    Posted: 8/27/2012 5:38:22 AM EST
    A European flag waves in front of the Reichstag building with the inscription 'Dem deutschen Volke' ('To The German People') in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. Official data show that Germany posted a budget surplus for the first half of this year thanks to its strong labor market, even as other eurozone countries struggle with deficits. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
  •  - Protester dressed as the Chinese God of Fortune demonstrates, along with other protesters, to demand that people's livelihoods are protected outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong

    Protester dressed as the Chinese God of Fortune demonstrates, along with other protesters, to demand that people's livelihoods are protected outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong

    Posted: 2/1/2012 12:46:30 AM EST
    A protester dressed as the Chinese God of Fortune demonstrates, along with other protesters, to demand that people's livelihoods are protected outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong February 1, 2012. Hong Kong said on Wednesday it posted a provisional budget surplus of HK$66.7 billion ($8.6 billion) for the 2011/2012 fiscal year ending in March, significantly higher than its forecast surplus of HK$3.9 billion ($500 million). the sign on right reads: "Demand that the Financial Secretary protect the livelihoods of citizens". REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
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    Posted: 11/5/2011 1:00:47 PM EST
    In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, from the roof of the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, N.D., a planned $52 million expansion of the center, which is the state's premier museum, is taking shape. The project is being financed with $40 million in state funds and $12 million in donations, and North Dakota's state government budget surplus was plump enough that lawmakers decided to pay cash for the project, rather than issuing bonds. The building is to be finished in January 2013. (AP Photo/Dale Wetzel)
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    Posted: 11/5/2011 1:00:47 PM EST
    In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, from the roof of the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, N.D., a planned $52 million expansion of the center, which is the state's premier museum, is taking shape. The project is being financed with $40 million in state funds and $12 million in donations, and North Dakota's state government budget surplus was plump enough that lawmakers decided to pay cash for the project, rather than issuing bonds. The building is to be finished in January 2013. (AP Photo/Dale Wetzel)
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    Posted: 11/5/2011 1:00:47 PM EST
    In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, from the roof of the North Dakota state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., a planned $52 million expansion of the nearby North Dakota Heritage Center, which is the state's premier museum, is taking shape. The project is being financed with $40 million in state funds and $12 million in donations, and North Dakota's state government budget surplus was plump enough that lawmakers decided to pay cash for the project, rather than issuing bonds. The building is to be finished in January 2013. (AP Photo/Dale Wetzel)
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    To match Interview BRAZIL-ECONOMY/TREASURY

    Posted: 9/30/2011 3:21:37 PM EST
    Brazil's Treasury Secretary Arno Augustin speaks during an interview with Reuters in Brasilia September 30, 2011. Brazil plans to issue debt in foreign markets before year-end despite the global financial turmoil, Augustin told Reuters. Augustin also said that Brazil's primary budget surplus -- a key indicator of the government's ability to honor debt payments -- will likely end the year at or above the target. The government last month increased its primary surplus target by 10 billion reais ($5 billion) to 128 billion reais ($68 billion) in an effort to reduce inflationary pressure and allow for an easing of monetary policy. To match Interview BRAZIL-ECONOMY/TREASURY REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)
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    To match Interview BRAZIL-ECONOMY/TREASURY

    Posted: 9/30/2011 3:20:55 PM EST
    Brazil's Treasury Secretary Arno Augustin speaks during an interview with Reuters in Brasilia September 30, 2011. Brazil plans to issue debt in foreign markets before year-end despite the global financial turmoil, Augustin told Reuters. Augustin also said that Brazil's primary budget surplus -- a key indicator of the government's ability to honor debt payments -- will likely end the year at or above the target. The government last month increased its primary surplus target by 10 billion reais ($5 billion) to 128 billion reais ($68 billion) in an effort to reduce inflationary pressure and allow for an easing of monetary policy. To match Interview BRAZIL-ECONOMY/TREASURY REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: BUSINESS)
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    To match Interview BRAZIL-ECONOMY/TREASURY

    Posted: 9/30/2011 3:19:03 PM EST
    An image of Brazil's Treasury Secretary Arno Augustin is seen through a camera lens during an interview with Reuters in Brasilia September 30, 2011. Brazil plans to issue debt in foreign markets before year-end despite the global financial turmoil, Augustin told Reuters. Augustin also said that Brazil's primary budget surplus -- a key indicator of the government's ability to honor debt payments -- will likely end the year at or above the target. The government last month increased its primary surplus target by 10 billion reais ($5 billion) to 128 billion reais ($68 billion) in an effort to reduce inflationary pressure and allow for an easing of monetary policy. To match Interview BRAZIL-ECONOMY/TREASURY REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)
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    To match Interview BRAZIL-ECONOMY/TREASURY

    Posted: 9/30/2011 3:17:59 PM EST
    Brazil's Treasury Secretary Arno Augustin speaks during an interview with Reuters in Brasilia September 30, 2011. Brazil plans to issue debt in foreign markets before year-end despite the global financial turmoil, Augustin told Reuters. Augustin also said that Brazil's primary budget surplus -- a key indicator of the government's ability to honor debt payments -- will likely end the year at or above the target. The government last month increased its primary surplus target by 10 billion reais ($5 billion) to 128 billion reais ($68 billion) in an effort to reduce inflationary pressure and allow for an easing of monetary policy. To match Interview BRAZIL-ECONOMY/TREASURY REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)
  •  - Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega speaks to announce new measures for the Brazilian economy in Brasilia

    Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega speaks to announce new measures for the Brazilian economy in Brasilia

    Posted: 8/29/2011 2:10:58 PM EST
    Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega speaks to announce new measures for the Brazilian economy in Brasilia August 29, 2011. Brazil's government raised its primary budget surplus target for this year on Monday, sending a message to financial markets and rebellious coalition allies that it would keep spending under control and pave the way for interest rate cuts. Mantega said the government had hiked the target by 10 billion reais ($6.3 billion), or about 0.25 to 0.3 percent of gross domestic product, to prepare Brazil for a worsening global economic environment. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS HEADSHOT)
  •  - Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega speaks to announce new measures for the Brazilian economy in Brasilia

    Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega speaks to announce new measures for the Brazilian economy in Brasilia

    Posted: 8/29/2011 2:10:11 PM EST
    Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega speaks to announce new measures for the Brazilian economy in Brasilia August 29, 2011. Brazil's government raised its primary budget surplus target for this year on Monday, sending a message to financial markets and rebellious coalition allies that it would keep spending under control and pave the way for interest rate cuts. Mantega said the government had hiked the target by 10 billion reais ($6.3 billion), or about 0.25 to 0.3 percent of gross domestic product, to prepare Brazil for a worsening global economic environment. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS HEADSHOT)
  •  - Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega speaks to announce new measures for the Brazilian economy in Brasilia

    Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega speaks to announce new measures for the Brazilian economy in Brasilia

    Posted: 8/29/2011 2:09:47 PM EST
    Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega speaks to announce new measures for the Brazilian economy in Brasilia August 29, 2011. Brazil's government raised its primary budget surplus target for this year on Monday, sending a message to financial markets and rebellious coalition allies that it would keep spending under control and pave the way for interest rate cuts. Mantega said the government had hiked the target by 10 billion reais ($6.3 billion), or about 0.25 to 0.3 percent of gross domestic product, to prepare Brazil for a worsening global economic environment. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega receives the French Finance Minister Francois Baroin during meeting at the Ministry of Finance in Brasilia.

    Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega receives the French Finance Minister Francois Baroin during meeting at the Ministry of Finance in Brasilia.

    Posted: 8/29/2011 2:08:49 PM EST
    Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega (L) greets the French Finance Minister Francois Baroin during meeting at the Ministry of Finance in Brasilia August 29, 2011. Brazil's government raised its primary budget surplus target for this year on Monday, sending a message to financial markets and rebellious coalition allies that it would keep spending under control and pave the way for interest rate cuts. Mantega said the government had hiked the target by 10 billion reais ($6.3 billion), or about 0.25 to 0.3 percent of gross domestic product, to prepare Brazil for a worsening global economic environment. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega receives the French Finance Minister Francois Baroin during meeting at the Ministry of Finance in Brasilia

    Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega receives the French Finance Minister Francois Baroin during meeting at the Ministry of Finance in Brasilia

    Posted: 8/29/2011 2:08:13 PM EST
    Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega (L) receives the French Finance Minister Francois Baroin during a meeting at the Ministry of Finance in Brasilia August 29, 2011. Brazil's government raised its primary budget surplus target for this year on Monday, sending a message to financial markets and rebellious coalition allies that it would keep spending under control and pave the way for interest rate cuts. Mantega said the government had hiked the target by 10 billion reais ($6.3 billion), or about 0.25 to 0.3 percent of gross domestic product, to prepare Brazil for a worsening global economic environment. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega receives the French Finance Minister Francois Baroin during meeting at the Ministry of Finance in Brasilia

    Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega receives the French Finance Minister Francois Baroin during meeting at the Ministry of Finance in Brasilia

    Posted: 8/29/2011 2:06:46 PM EST
    Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega (L) receives the French Finance Minister Francois Baroin during a meeting at the Ministry of Finance in Brasilia August 29, 2011. Brazil's government raised its primary budget surplus target for this year on Monday, sending a message to financial markets and rebellious coalition allies that it would keep spending under control and pave the way for interest rate cuts. Mantega said the government had hiked the target by 10 billion reais ($6.3 billion), or about 0.25 to 0.3 percent of gross domestic product, to prepare Brazil for a worsening global economic environment. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega receives the French Finance Minister Francois Baroin during meeting at the Ministry of Finance in Brasilia

    Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega receives the French Finance Minister Francois Baroin during meeting at the Ministry of Finance in Brasilia

    Posted: 8/29/2011 2:05:55 PM EST
    Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega (L) receives the French Finance Minister Francois Baroin during a meeting at the Ministry of Finance in Brasilia August 29, 2011. Brazil's government raised its primary budget surplus target for this year on Monday, sending a message to financial markets and rebellious coalition allies that it would keep spending under control and pave the way for interest rate cuts. Mantega said the government had hiked the target by 10 billion reais ($6.3 billion), or about 0.25 to 0.3 percent of gross domestic product, to prepare Brazil for a worsening global economic environment. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega receives the French Finance Minister Francois Baroin during meeting at the Ministry of Finance in Brasilia.

    Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega receives the French Finance Minister Francois Baroin during meeting at the Ministry of Finance in Brasilia.

    Posted: 8/29/2011 2:01:00 PM EST
    Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega (L) greets the French Finance Minister Francois Baroin during meeting at the Ministry of Finance in Brasilia August 29, 2011. Brazil's government raised its primary budget surplus target for this year on Monday, sending a message to financial markets and rebellious coalition allies that it would keep spending under control and pave the way for interest rate cuts. Mantega said the government had hiked the target by 10 billion reais ($6.3 billion), or about 0.25 to 0.3 percent of gross domestic product, to prepare Brazil for a worsening global economic environment. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)