Most economists want the federal government to stay the guillotine on spending until 2014, with an overwhelming majority saying that uncertainty about fiscal policy is holding back the economic recovery.
More than two-thirds of economists surveyed by the National Assn. of Business Economics said they want fiscal policy to remain the same or be more stimulative next year.
Most said that payroll tax cuts should be extended through 2013, but three-quarters said the cuts shouldn’t be made permanent.
More than half of the 236 economists surveyed said the government should start tightening the budget the year after, according to the report Monday.