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State Revenues Fall Short of Even the Lowered Projections

Christopher Dean Hopkins

Virginia budget numbers continue to erode as tax revenue falls in the down economy. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) announced yesterday that state revenue collections have dropped 9.3 percent this year, eclipsing an estimated drop of 7.3 percent.

Revenue that feeds the state's general fund declined 15.6 percent compared with May 2008. The decline has come as individual and corporate income tax collections by the state have dropped dramatically, as have recordation tax collections. Other sources of state revenue have also been declining, including sales tax and lottery revenue.

The General Assembly this year passed a two-year, $77 billion budget that closed a $3.7 billion shortfall, in part by employing $1.5 billion in federal stimulus money. The legislature also agreed to make deep cuts to services, and 379 state employees were laid off between July 1 and March 31. Kaine said the continued revenue drop means the state might have to make further cuts.

-- Rosalind Helderman

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  June 15, 2009; 5:17 PM ET
Categories:  Rosalind Helderman  
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