STATE OF CONNECTICUT
THE STATE COMPTROLLER
|WYMAN SAYS BUDGET SURPLUS CLIMBS TO $910
Rainy Day Fund Will Top $1 Billion for First Time
|Contact: Steve Jensen|
State Comptroller Nancy Wyman today projected the state will end the 2006 fiscal year with a budget surplus of $910 million and an emergency reserve fund of more than $1 billion.
The surplus, based on an annual budget of $15.2 billion, grew by about $104 million over the last month, Wyman said. Strong collections of the income tax, the estate tax and the tax paid by corporations on profits are the main sources of surplus revenue.
Corporate profits were flat in mid-2005, but have grown by an average of 13 percent over the last two fiscal quarters.
"The rebound of corporate profits is certainly good economic news, but unfortunately that growth is not being reflected in job creation," Wyman said.
Connecticut lost 5,300 payroll jobs in May, Wyman said, bringing total employment growth for the year to a weak 4,700 jobs. Over the same time last fiscal year, the state added 12,400 jobs.
About $425 million of the surplus will be deposited in the state's emergency Rainy Day Fund, bringing the fund to more than $1 billion for the first time.
Another $245.6 million of the surplus will be put into the under funded teachers' pension plan and $85.5 million will be used to pay economic-recovery notes issued to deal with a budget deficit in 2002.
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