Tuesday, May 8, 2012
California's cash picture looks bleak in the latest report from the State Controller's office. April revenues came in nearly $2.5 billion below projections.
Tax Month is the most critical month of the year for California revenues - and this April has sent the budget outlook into critical condition. Personal income taxes: 22 percent below projections. Sales tax receipts: 55 percent short. And corporate taxes missed the mark by nearly ten percent.
In January, Governor Jerry Brown estimated California's budget deficit at about nine billion dollars. But revenues are already $3.5 billion below that projection. So there is no doubt the deficit will go up when Brown releases his revised spending plan on Monday.
But simple math is never that simple when it comes to the state budget - and just how much bigger the deficit will be is unclear.