STATE OF CONNECTICUT
THE STATE COMPTROLLER
|COMPTROLLER WYMAN PROJECTS 2005 SURPLUS OF $777.2 MILLION|
|Contact: Steve Jensen|
State Comptroller Nancy Wyman today projected the state will end the 2005 fiscal year with a budget surplus of $777.2 million.
A series of appropriations by the General Assembly, however, will reduce the net surplus to $157.4 million, which will be deposited into the state's Rainy Day Fund. That would bring the emergency fund's balance to $459.6 million, or about 3.3 percent of net General Fund appropriations.
"That is far short of the ten-percent level that I believe is needed to protect taxpayers against an inevitable downturn in the economy," Wyman said. "It is unfortunate that greater emphasis was not placed on saving more of the surplus for when it is really needed."
The Rainy Day Fund had reached nearly $600 million before being drained to deal with a deficit in 2002.
Included in the expenditures from the original $777.2 million surplus are:
The 2005 fiscal year ended June 30, but the state continues to accrue certain revenues through August that will be included in the final surplus figure.
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For Immediate Release
August 1, 2005
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