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                                            State Budget News
                                             February 27, 2008
State                              FY 2008                                             FY 2009

Alabama       The Legislative Fiscal Officer predicted that the    The Legislative Fiscal Officer projects that
              state will need to take $428 million from            general fund revenues will fall 8.5% and
              reserves in FY 2008 to compensate for falling        education fund revenues will fall 12.6% for FY
              revenues from state income and sales taxes.          2009 compared to FY 2008, for a total of
              (Birmingham News 1/17/08)                            approximately $800 million less revenue.
                                                                   (Birmingham News 1/17/08)

Alaska        Officials expect a surplus. (NCSL survey)            The state surplus is expected to exceed $5 billion
                                                                   over the next two years from growth in oil and
                                                                   gas tax revenues. The governor has
                                                                   recommended setting aside $1.5 billion for
                                                                   education and $450 million for the unfunded
                                                                   liability in the Teachers' Retirement System.
                                                                   The House Finance Committee excluded both
                                                                   proposals from the spending plan it presented in
                                                                   the week of February 11. (Anchorage Daily
                                                                   News 2/25/08)

Arizona       Officials expect a budget shortfall of about $970    The shortfall estimated at $1.7 billion. (Arizona
              million. Retail sales tax collections and            Daily Star, 1/9/08)
              corporate income tax collections were down
              from the previous year for December. Personal
              income tax went up 1%, which was less than
              expected. (Arizona Republic 1/1/08)

Arkansas      No regular session until 2009. The revenue
              outlook for the rest of the fiscal year is stable.
              (NCSL survey)




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                                            State Budget News
                                            February 27, 2008
State                              FY 2008                                              FY 2009

California     The current year gap is estimated at $3.3 billion.   The estimated shortfall is $14 billion. (San
               The governor is considering across-the-board         Diego Tribune, 1/7/08) Three days after signing
               cuts. (San Diego Tribune, 1/7/08)                    a massive package of mid-year budget cuts,
                                                                    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered a state
                                                                    hiring freeze and instructed state departments to
                                                                    slash an additional $100 million in spending
                                                                    between now and the end of June. (San Jose
                                                                    Mercury-News, 2/20/08)

Colorado       The revenue outlook for the rest of the fiscal
               year is stable. (NCSL survey)

Connecticut    The surplus for the biennium is estimated to         Gov. Rell is proposing a tight budget. The
               range from $150 million to $264 million.             governor has proposed budget revisions for the
               (courant.com, 1/16/08)                               second half of the biennium adding about 4.8%
                                                                    to spending. WNBC-Hartford, 2/6/08

Delaware       Major tax categories are not performing well.        The govenor's budget proposes growth of 3.8%
               Officials are concerned about revenue                in FY 2009 spending over FY 2008. (Office of
               performance for the rest of the fiscal year.         the Governor, 1/24/08)
               (NCSL survey)

Florida        Revenue collections for November and                 Governor's FY 09 proposed budget is $869
               December were $98 million lower than the             million below the previous budget and relies
               already reduced revenue forecast. Economic           upon $1.1 billion from reserves; this adds up to
               indicators are being led by a continued              approximately a $2 billion shortfall. (Palm
               downward spiral in the housing market. Shocks        Beach Post, 2/1/08 & Tallahassee.com) FY
               in Florida: First drop in home prices since the      2009 is projected to be only the second time
               Depression, the worst credit crunch since the late   since 1989 that revenue is estimated to fall short
               1980s and high oil prices. (Tallahassee.com)         of funding the base budget. (tampabay.com,
               Lawmakers cut the budget by $1.1 billion in a        1/9/08)
               November special session; $600 million more in
               cuts may be necessary. (tampabay.com, 1/9/08)        One month after gambling companies told
                                                                    Miami-Dade voters that approving slot machines
                                                                    would contribute about $197 million in new
                                                                    taxes for Florida schools, state economists
                                                                    projected Friday that the number would be far
                                                                    lower: $120 million. That would be for fiscal
                                                                    year 2011. (Miami Herald, 2/25/08)

                                                                    Legislative leaders consider cutting $500 million
                                                                    from the FY 2008 budget, including $357 from
                                                                    K-12, to dipping into the state rainy day fund,
                                                                    saying it should be reserved for the future. This
                                                                    would follow $1 billion in cuts made in fall,
                                                                    2007. (Orlando Sentinel, 2/27/08)




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                                              State Budget News
                                              February 27, 2008
State                                FY 2008                                              FY 2009

Georgia        January collections were 7.1% below January            The governor's budget request of $21.4 billion
               2007, down $140 million, and growing below             requires a 5% rate of growth, higher than the rate
               the rate built into the FY2007 budget. Reserves        needed for this year, which is not being met. .
               are adequate to meet any shortfall. (Atlanta           (Atlanta Constitution, 2/9/08)
               Constitution, 2/9/08)

Hawaii         Officials expect a budget surplus of $200 million
               (3.8%). (NCSL survey)

Idaho          Officials expect a budget surplus of $202 million
               (6.8%). (NCSL survey)

Illinois       Revenues may be $600 million below forecast
               for FY 2007 and investment returns are also
               down $8 million to $50 million for the year.
               Governor cut $450 million from the budget. (sj-
               r.com 2/8/08)

Indiana        The forecast was reduced on April 16, 2007.
               Through October, collections were above the
               April forecast. Officials think the revenue
               situation is stable for the rest of the fiscal year.
               (NCSL survey)

Iowa           Officials expect a budget surplus of $91 million       Gov. Culver’s budget proposal is “tight.”
               (1.6%), although it is expected to be used to          (Siouxcityjournal.com, 1/16/08)
               fund a portion of property tax credits in FY
               2009. (NCSL survey)

Kansas         Revenue collections fell $33.3 million short of        Governor Sibelius's budget forecasts 4.6%
               expectations in December. PIT collections were         growth in general revenues for FY 2009, and
               off by 5% and CIT collections were short by            taps budget reserves for $218 million to finance
               23%. This erased the budget surplus carried into       continuing expenses in FY 2009. (Wichita
               the fiscal year. The Legislative Research Dept.        Eagle 1/15/08)
               cautioned lawmakers not to read too much into
               one month of collections. (cjonline.com, 1/9/08
               & Lawrence Journal-World 1/16/08)




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                                             State Budget News
                                             February 27, 2008
State                               FY 2008                                             FY 2009

Kentucky        On January 15, the Consensus Forecast Group         On January 15, the Consensus Forecast Group
                reduced the revenue forecasts for FY 2008 by        reduced revenue forecasts for Fiscal Years 2009
                $129 million. Revenue growth for the year is        and 2010—by $54 million for FY 2009 and
                forecast at 0.7%.                                   $104 million for FY 2010. Revenue for the
                                                                    biennium will be about $900 million below what
                                                                    is needed for a continuation-level budget.
                                                                    (Courier-journal 1/17/08). Governor has called
                                                                    for a 12% cut for higher education for FY 2009
                                                                    and flat funding for K-12. (Courier-journal
                                                                    1/30/08)

Louisiana       Consensus forecasters raised revenue estimates      Revenue estimates were increases for FY 2009,
                for FY 2008 in February, which, including           but forecasters warn that the post-Katrina
                earlier increases in the estimate means nearly $1   economic boom is petering out. (Times-
                billion above original forecasts for FY 2008.       Picayune 2/11/08)
                Due to corporation taxes, gambling revenues,
                and energy revenues. Sales tax collections are
                below estimate. (Times-Picayune 2/11/08)

Maine           State revenues are projected to fall $95 million    The state revenue forecasting committee
                short of the earlier forecast for the 2008-2009     estimates that the revenue shortfall for the
                biennial budget. The speculation is that the hole   coming biennium will be $190 million, double
                could get deeper in coming months. (Portland        its previous estimate in November 2007
                Press Herald, 1/9/08)                               (Portland Press Herald, 2/26/08)

Maryland        In a November special session, lawmakers            If the legislature and governor follow the advice
                passed $890 million in new taxes and                of the spending Affordability Committee--a
                recommended $550 million in cuts to help            bipartisan group of lawmakers assigned to keep
                resolve a projected $1.5 billion deficit in FY      state spending from exceeding economic
                2009. (Gazette.net, 1/9/08)                         growth--Maryland would spend 4.27% more on
                                                                    public services in FY 2009 than it spent in FY
                                                                    2008. This would be a smaller increase than in
                                                                    all but five of the past 25 years.
                                                                    (baltimoresun.com, 12/19/07)

Massachusetts   Revenues were stable through October. (NCSL         The FY 2009 gap is estimated at $1.2 billion
                survey)                                             (4.2%). (Center on Budget & Policy Priorities)

Michigan        Revenue were stable through October. (NCSL
                survey)

Minnesota       General fund revenue for November and               The FY 2009 gap is estimated at $373 million
                December was $105.4 million above the amount        (2.2%). (Center on Budget & Policy Priorities)
                projected in the November forecast, which had       That number is expected to increases
                reduced the forecast. (House Fiscal Analysis        substantially when new revenue estimates are
                Department memo) Tax revenues are said to be        released in late February. The governor has
                lagging (MPR 1/30/08).                              imposed a hiring freeze across state government.
                                                                    (Star-Tribune 2/20/08)

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                                             State Budget News
                                             February 27, 2008
State                                FY 2008                                             FY 2009

Mississippi      State economist warned that FY 2008 revenues
                 may not meet the estimate, and the state needs to
                 spend an additional $87 million on Medicaid
                 (Hattiesburg American 1/18/08)

Missouri         Revenues were stable through October. (NCSL         Governor has proposed budget growth of 6.6%
                 survey)                                             including the use of $150 million in surplus, to
                                                                     fully fund the new K-12 foundation formula and
                                                                     add $40 million to higher education funding.
                                                                     (Jeff City News-Tribune 1/16/08)

Montana          No regular session until 2009. Officials are
                 optimistic about revenue performance for the
                 rest of the fiscal year. (NCSL survey)

Nebraska         The Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory          For fiscal year 2009, the total could be $3.514
                 Board adopted a forecast for this year that shows   billion, down $75 million from October 2007
                 total tax receipts could be $3.407 billion, down    forecasts. The growth in revenue is projected to
                 $51 million from previous forecasts. This           be below average, at 4.2 percent for FY 2008
                 estimate signals a possible shortfall of $68        and 3.7 percent for FY 2009. (Lincoln Journal-
                 million in the current fiscal year. (Lincoln        Star, 2/22/08)
                 Journal-Star, 2/22/08)

Nevada           Gov. Gibbons has proposed 4.5% budget               The FY 2009 gap is estimated at $286 million
                 reductions for the 2007-2009 biennial budget.       (8.6%). (Center on Budget & Policy Priorities)
                 (AP, 1/8/08) No regular session until 2009.

New Hampshire At the end of January, revenues were short of          Gov. Lynch thinks revenues could be $50
              projections by $11 million for the fiscal year.        million short, which could force a spending cut
              (Union Leader 2/5/08)                                  of 5.7% for the biennium. Agency heads have
                                                                     been told to prepare spending reductions.
                                                                     Re[publicans warn of a $100 million shortfall
                                                                     (Union Leader, 1/16/08 & 2/5/08)




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                                          State Budget News
                                           February 27, 2008
State                             FY 2008                                             FY 2009

New Jersey    A large carry-forward balance in excess of $2       Gov. Corzine has proposed dramatically
              billion provided a cushion for the fiscal year.     increasing highway tolls over the net 15 years to
              However, structural problems loom for FY 2009       generate as much as $38 billion to pay off half of
              and beyond. (NCSL survey)                           the state’s debt and finance transportation
                                                                  improvements. (NYT.com, 1/9/08) The FY
              December tax revenues were 1.7% below the           2009 budget shortfall is estimated at $3 billion.
              budget estimate and officials indicated that they   (NCSL source). By early February, the tolls
              expected further softening to show up when          plan was called dead. (NY Times 2/9/08)
              January revenue figures were complete. (NY
              Times 2/24/08)                                      On 2/26, Gov. Corzine proposed a budget for FY
                                                                  2009 that will be $500 million less than the FY
                                                                  2008 budget in dollar terms, the equivalent of a
                                                                  $1.5 billion reduction from a continuation-level
                                                                  budget (one that takes inflation into account). He
                                                                  proposed cutting state aid to colleges and
                                                                  universities by $76 million, or 4 percent. Grants
                                                                  to towns? Down $190 million (about 10
                                                                  percent). Hospitals? Less $144 million (14
                                                                  percent). His plan would shut down the
                                                                  Departments of Personnel, Agriculture and
                                                                  Commerce, and trim jobs across the board. (NY
                                                                  Times 2/27/08)



New Mexico    The target is to maintain a surplus of 10% of
              recurring general fund appropriations. Officials
              are concerned, however, about the revenue
              outlook for the rest of the fiscal year. (NCSL
              survey)




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                                             State Budget News
                                             February 27, 2008
State                               FY 2008                                              FY 2009

New York         Officials projected a budget gap of $282 million   The FY 2009 gap is estimated at $4.4 billion as a
                 (0.5%). (NCSL survey)                              result of the second reduction this year in
                                                                    estimated revenues for FY 2009. The governor
                                                                    will recommend smaller increases for health and
                                                                    education funding. (NY Times 2/11/08)

                                                                    By the reckoning of Assembly Democrats —
                                                                    normally the group most optimistic about state
                                                                    tax collections — the state will have $615
                                                                    million less to spend than Spitzer predicted
                                                                    earlier this month. Spitzer himself had cut his
                                                                    revenue estimate by $1.1 billion from seven
                                                                    months ago. His budget plan would spend
                                                                    $124.3 billion for the fiscal year that starts April
                                                                    1. (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 2/27/08)
                                                                    The Senate, however, expects revenues $100
                                                                    million higher than the governor's estimate.
                                                                    (Times-Union 2/27/08)

North Carolina   The General Assembly Fiscal Research Division
                 reported Feb 13 that tax collections continue to
                 run about 1.25% ahead of budget projections,
                 which they described as conservative, but
                 collections appear to be slowing. (News &
                 Observer, 2/27/08)

North Dakota     No regular session until 2009. Officials are
                 optimistic about revenue performance for the
                 rest of the fiscal year. (NCSL survey)

Ohio             Governor projects as biennial budget shortfall     Governor projects as biennial budget shortfall
                 between $733 million and $1.9 billion, and has     between $733 million and $1.9 billion, and has
                 proposed spending cuts to address it. (Beacon      proposed spending cuts to address it. (Beacon
                 Journal 2/1/08)                                    Journal 2/1/08)

Oklahoma         December revenue collections were much better
                 than expected. Sales tax collections were 8.5%
                 above the amount one year prior. Other
                 categories also were strong. The exception was
                 motor vehicle collections.

Oregon           The slow economy will reduce state revenues by The slow economy will reduce state revenues by
                 $170 million through June 2009—about a 1%      $170 million through June 2009—about a 1%
                 shortfall. (Oregonian 2/9/08)                  shortfall. (Oregonian 2/9/08)




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                                              State Budget News
                                              February 27, 2008
State                                FY 2008                                               FY 2009

Pennsylvania     Total general fund revenue came in $39.3              According to Gov. Rendell, the slackening
                 million over estimate in December bringing the        economy will mean a tough budget year in
                 year-to-date revenue surplus to $176 million.         which spending will have to be restrained.
                 (Office of Rep. Dwight Evans)                         (philly.com)

Puerto Rico      Through October, revenues were below target by
                 3%. Officials are concerned about the revenue
                 outlook for the rest of the fiscal year. (NCSL
                 survey)

Rhode Island     Governor announced the need to reduce current-        The FY 2009 gap is estimated to be as high as
                 year spending $151 million before June 30.            $450 million. (Providence Journal 1/18/08)
                 (Providence Journal 1/18/08)

South Carolina   Although the budget was on target through             The Board of Economic Advisors said 2/11 that
                 October, officials are concerned about revenue        state revenues should grow about 3.2 percent
                 performance for the rest of the fiscal year.          next year, resulting in $229 million in new
                 (NCSL survey)                                         money. Those funds likely will not cover the
                                                                       rising cost of K-12 education, health care for the
                                                                       poor or other programs passed on from previous
                                                                       budgets. (The State, 2/12/08)

South Dakota     Estimates of ongoing revenue for the budget are       The shortfall doubles in estimates for the next
                 about $4.5 million lower than they were in            budget year, 2009, threatening legislative plans
                 December. The shortfall doubles in estimates for      to increase teacher pay and funding for technical
                 the next budget year, 2009. (Argus Leader             schools in FY 2009. (Argus Leader 2/25/08)
                 2/25/08)

Tennessee        Officials think the current year shortfall could be   The state treasurer has identified about $440
                 between $147 million and $240 million.                million in new state revenue needs for FY 2009
                 Agencies have been order to trim spending by          but projects revenues to grow in the $300-350
                 $120 million, up from the $76.6 million               million range. FY 2008 cuts would carry
                 originally ordered. Tax collections tumbled           forward into FY 2009. (Chattanooga Times Free
                 another $51 million below projections in              Press, 1/16/08)
                 December, bringing the revenue shortfall to
                 $186.5 million. (Chattanooga Times Free Press,
                 1/16/08)

Texas            No regular session until 2009. Officials were
                 projecting a $2 billion surplus for the 2008-2009
                 biennium. (NCSL survey)




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                                             State Budget News
                                             February 27, 2008
State                                FY 2008                                             FY 2009

Utah             The state economy has slowed slightly. Job
                 growth slipped 0.3% and seasonally adjusted
                 unemployment grew 0.6%. Revenues are,
                 however, projected to come in stronger than
                 originally forecast by between $125 million and
                 $150 million. (Salt Lake Tribune 1/17/08))

Vermont          The FY 2008 budget is tight. The revenue           Revenue growth is estimated at 2.3% for FY
                 upgrade provided $15 million, but $10 million      2009. The 3-year average growth from FY
                 was already allocated. (Joint Fiscal Office)       2006-FY 2008 was 5.7%. Structural issues
                 January general fund revenues were 1% above        mean continued pressure in future years. There
                 forecast, but vehicle-related collections were     is growing economic uncertainty. (Joint Fiscal
                 down. (Times Argus 2/9/08)                         Office)

Virginia         Gov. Kaine projects a $641 million revenue         The FY 2009 gap is estimated at $1.2 billion
                 shortfall for FY 2008. Some actions already        (6.9%). (Center on Budget & Policy Priorities)
                 have been taken, including a 5% reduction for
                 some agencies. (NCSL sources)

Washington       Revenue growth is slowing but the state remains    The Senate Ways and Means Committee
                 well in the black. Last month the state            released a forecast of a $2.37 billion shortfall for
                 Economic and Revenue Forecast Council cut          the 2008-2010 biennium, a number challenged
                 $132 million from its revenue projection,          as too high by the governor's budget officer,
                 lowering the state’s budget surplus estimate       Victor Moore. Democrats have proposed setting
                 from about $1.5 billion to $1.38 billion.          aside between $750 million and $1 billion from
                 (tdn.com, 12/19/07)                                this biennium's revenues to offset the shortfall;
                                                                    Republicans say more should be set aside.
                                                                    (Seattle Times, 2/20/08)

West Virginia    The outlook for state revenue performance for
                 the rest of the fiscal year is stable. (NCSL
                 survey)

Wisconsin        General revenue grew less than 1% in the first
                 half of FY2008, compared to the 3% growth
                 assumed in the budget.

Wyoming          Officials project a surplus of $277 million (8%)
                 for the biennium. (NCSL survey)

Sources: NCSL State Budget Update: November 2007, various newspaper articles, Stateline.org, Center on Budget
& Policy Priorities.




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