STATE OF CONNECTICUT
THE STATE COMPTROLLER
|WYMAN PROJECTS BUDGET DEFICIT OF $101 MILLION|
|Contact: Steve Jensen|
State Comptroller Nancy Wyman today estimated that the state will end the 2003 fiscal year with a deficit of $101 million.
Wyman said the deficit grew by $53.5 million in the last month due to declining tax revenue estimates. Quarterly and year-end income tax payments to the state in April were below expectations, she said, while refund payments made by the state were higher than anticipated.
"The main reason for the revenue situation is the continued poor performance of the stock market and the overall weak economy," Wyman said.
The state lost about 5,000 jobs in February, Wyman said, bringing the total job loss for the fiscal year to about 15,400. The sales tax is showing virtually no growth, she said, and the housing market appears to be softening.
Wyman's deficit estimate is about $35 million higher than that made recently by the Governor's budget office, the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), which in late March had projected a $15 million surplus.
OPM's current deficit estimate of $66.2 million also includes $33.8 million in anticipated personnel savings proposed by the Governor but not enacted by the legislature. Wyman said her projection does not assume those savings will happen.
"Given the dramatic cutbacks in state agency staffing, I have not determined that this level of savings is attainable," she said.
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