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STATE OF CONNECTICUT

NANCY WYMAN
COMPTROLLER

OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER
55 ELM STREET
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 06106-1775

MARK OJAKIAN
DEPUTY COMPTROLLER
WYMAN SAYS BUDGET DEFICIT STEADY AT $84.8 MILLION
Contact: Steve Jensen
860-702-3308

State Comptroller Nancy Wyman today said her estimate of an $84.8 million budget deficit remained unchanged in the past month, due to offsetting trends in revenues and spending.

Although income tax revenue projections jumped by about $60 million, Wyman said, those gains were negated by continued job losses and higher-than-expected government expenditures.

Wyman's $84.8 million deficit projection is more than double the $41.1 million estimate made by the Governor's budget office late last month. Both estimates are based on an overall state budget of about $13.5 billion for fiscal 2004, which ends June 30.

"I am not convinced that the recent spike in income tax receipts will be reflected in the second half of the fiscal year," Wyman said. "I also believe that higher spending will fully offset this month's revenue gains."

Wyman said she is especially apprehensive about the state's employment picture. Connecticut lost about 1,100 jobs in December, bringing the total job loss for the fiscal year to more than 9,000.

Wyman also noted that the jump in income tax receipts last month was mitigated by more than $66 million in spending over budget this fiscal year.

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For Immediate Release
February 2, 2004

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