Monday, October 05, 2009

New York Income Tax Revenue Falls 36%

by Bill McBride on 10/05/2009 02:05:00 PM

From Bloomberg: New York Income Tax Revenue Falls 36% in Year, Paterson Says (ht Mike In Long Island)

New York State’s income tax revenue has dropped 36 percent from the same period in 2008 ...

“We added personal income tax, which we thought would make the falloff 10 percent to 15 percent,” Paterson ... referring to $5.2 billion in new or increased taxes. “This is what is so frustrating. It’s still 36 percent, meaning our revenues fell more in 2009 than they did in 2008.”
Besides boosting taxes for the fiscal year that began April 1, lawmakers made $5.1 billion in spending cuts. The plan also includes $6.2 billion in federal stimulus money and $1.1 billion in one-time revenue ...
And in Massachusetts from Reuters: Massachusetts government to announce emergency budget cuts
Massachusetts officials have begun identifying emergency cuts to make to the fiscal year 2010 budget after the state's September tax revenue collections missed their target, Governor Deval Patrick said on Friday.

"Our cabinet has effectively managed through a $7 billion gap already" with spending cuts, layoffs and other measures, Patrick said. "But today's news means we have more to do."

September's monthly tax collection totaled $1.766 billion, an estimated $243 million below its target, highlighting the state's struggling finances in the midst of the recession.
And this will lead to cuts in state and local employment (tend to lag private sector cuts).