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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

COMPTROLLER WYMAN PROJECTS 2005 SURPLUS OF $638.3 MILLION
Contact: Steve Jensen
860-702-3308

State Comptroller Nancy Wyman today projected the state will end the 2005 fiscal year with a budget surplus of $638.3 million.

Wyman's surplus estimate grew by about $35 million over the last month. The increase was based mainly on strong collections of the:

The state gained another 2,500 jobs in April, bringing the total net gain for the fiscal year to about 20,600. Retail sales were up 8.6 percent over the same period last year, and existing-home sales increased by 18 percent.

"The healthy rate of job creation and the continued strength of the housing market are very good news for Connecticut's economy," Wyman said. "Those two areas are key to the state achieving real economic stability."

The $638.3 million surplus estimate is based on an overall budget of $13.5 billion for the fiscal year that ends June 30. Revenue gains for the year are partially offset by about $52 million in expected spending over original budget projections.

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For Immediate Release
June 1, 2005

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