Budget Writers Worry About the Numbers

The people in government who look at spreadsheets — so the rest of us don't have to — are getting nervous about the state's finances.

Sales tax revenues have taken double-digit dives for five months running; in each of those months, the state's income from those taxes has been more than 10 percent lower than in the same month the year before. In a state where a steady rise in sales tax money has become almost a rule, the intake for the last 12 months is down more than 5 percent. And budgeteers assumed not only that they'd ...

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