STATE OF CONNECTICUT
THE STATE COMPTROLLER
|WYMAN SAYS SURPLUS HOLDS STEADY AT $212.9 MILLION|
|Contact: Steve Jensen|
State Comptroller Nancy Wyman today projected the state will end the 2007 fiscal year with a budget surplus of $212.9 million.
Wyman's estimate is unchanged from last month, and reflects what she described as modest economic growth.
The surplus is being driven mainly by the income tax, which is expected to bring in about $6.5 billion by the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2007. Much of the surplus revenue is tied to capital gains payments made by investors in the financial markets.
"The double-digit performance of major equity markets over the past year has produced healthy returns for investors and robust capital gains tax payments to the state," Wyman said.
Retail sales grew by a strong 6.7 percent in August, Wyman said, but other major indicators such as the tax on corporate profits and the housing market continue to show signs of slowing.
Job growth for the year totals a modest 8,600 payroll positions, and the
state lost a net of about 300 jobs in August.
The estimated $212.9 million surplus is based on a budget of $16.07 million for fiscal 2007. The state ended the 2006 fiscal year with a $940.5 million surplus.
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