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Trouble for Indiana's State Budget

July 23, 2020
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We got trouble, my friends, with a capital T. The Indiana state budget closeout for fiscal 2020 was held in mid-July, so we have a good idea of how bad things are.

Revenues fell 8 percent below forecast for the year, 23 percent from March through June. We used $850 million in balances to cover that shortfall, so our state savings account now has $1.4 billion, less than 10 percent of revenues. It hasn’t been that low since 2011. Spending cuts created more than $800 million in reversions, or appropriations that were not spent. Reversions haven’t been this high since 2011, either.

Now that we know the numbers, we can take a look ahead. Let’s do some “supposing” about what could happen during this fiscal year 2021, and during the next biennium.


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