State revenue under projections for first time this fiscal year

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The state of Indiana took nearly $1.5 billion into its General Fund in October, but the amount was under projections for the first time this fiscal year. The fiscal year began in July.

The state budget plan predicted revenue of about $1.6 billion but collections were short $139 million: almost 9% below expectations, according to a monthly revenue report. In comparison, the revenue was down $186.8 million year-over-year.

Although revenue in the three months prior to October was slightly higher than anticipated—ranging from 0.1% to 3% above projections—October’s lower revenue put the state below its year-to-date projection by 1%.

Collections on individual gross income came in 17% below expectations, while sales and use taxes were nearly 6% below.

“This month’s lower-than-expected performance is mostly driven by individual income tax and should be interpreted within the context of the fiscal year-to-date perspective and the full fiscal year outlook, ” a fiscal commentary said. “Notably, October individual income tax revenues were $104.1 million below monthly estimate while September and August individual income tax revenues were $81.0 million and $53.1 million above their respective monthly estimates.”

Riverboat wagering taxes were about 14% under, with racino wagering 7% under.

But corporate taxes slightly outperformed expectations by nearly 4% and a collection of other smaller taxes did nearly 39% better than projected.

The monthly collections fund Indiana’s biannual budget. The last time the state missed revenue projections was April 2023, and by just $3 million.

Outgoing Gov. Eric Holcomb, a Republican, signed his final budget bill—worth $44 billion—in May.

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3 thoughts on “State revenue under projections for first time this fiscal year

  1. Y’know, legal marijuana would help with a lot of those lost vice taxes.

    Instead, Indiana Republicans keep looking into continuing to lower taxes. If nixing Indiana’s income tax ever comes to fruition, our budget is doomed.

    1. There’s a reason Indiana is called the “middle finger of the South”! Even red Ohio is more progressive. Embarrassing…

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