February 17, 2022
In this post, we provide an interim update to our formal revenue outlook for 2021-22, which was published in November. Using the methods discussed here, this interim update adjusts our November outlook to account for the most recent revenue and economic data and then compares this update to 2022-23 Governor’s Budget assumptions.
We currently project that there is a very good chance that collections from the state’s “big three” taxes—personal income, sales, and corporation taxes—will exceed the Governor’s Budget assumption of $185 billion in 2021-22 by at least several billion dollars. Currently, our best estimate is that there will be somewhere between $6 billion and $23 billion in unanticipated revenue. Although we are halfway through the fiscal year, much uncertainty remains, as the most important collection month (April) is still ahead of us. We also caution that the implications of unanticipated revenues for the state's budget are not straightforward. As we discuss here, we expect the Legislature very likely will face additional, significant constraints this year due to the requirements of the State Appropriations Limit.