|‘Mixed bag’ state revenue forecast up slightly for 2009-11|
SALEM – Oregon’s December state revenue forecast, released this morning, is up by $69.7 million for the current biennium, but down by $266.8 million for the 2011-13 biennium, compared to the September forecast. The biggest reason for the change is an adjustment to state income tax withholding practices, which has the effect of increasing revenue for 2009-11 and decreasing revenue for 2011-13.
This “mixed bag” result means that schools are not likely to experience further reductions in revenue this year. But it also means that the governor and legislature will have about $270 million less than expected in general fund and lottery revenues as they build the state budget for 2011-13. Two additional forecasts – in March and in May – are yet to come this year. For 2011-13, the legislature will use the May forecast in finalizing the budget. With this latest forecast, the state’s 2009-11 reserves have grown to $174.6 million, which provides some protection for the remainder of this biennium.
State Economist Tom Pitiowsky told a joint meeting of the House and Senate Revenue Committees that there are reasons – such as 2010 increases in Oregon job growth, exports and income growth – for optimism going forward, “but we’re not off to the races yet.”
Sen. Diane Rosenbaum expressed “cautious optimism,” but pointed out some of the challenges – such as loss of federal dollars – facing the legislature in developing the 2011-13 state budget. Simply put, it appears that $1.4 billion of anticipated growth in state revenue for 2011-13 will be offset by the expected loss of about the same amount in federal dollars.
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