Maryland revenue down $250 million from projections
Comptroller Peter Franchot announced Tuesday afternoon that state revenue collection is down $250 million from the estimates used to build the budget last year. Wages did not rise as much as expected, nor did how much people spent. While employment increased, most of the new jobs were low-paying ones, Franchot said. Although the state has less cash on hand than expected, Maryland ended the 2016 fiscal year with nearly $200 million left over. Still, that balance is $100 million lower than what Budget Secretary David Brinkley estimated earlier this month. Then, Brinkley announced his boss, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, was choosing not to spend $80 million set aside by the legislature. The $200 million surplus will carry forward into the next fiscal year. Lawmakers and the governor this spring had hoped to use the bigger projected surplus to finance tax cuts, but negotiations collapsed in the final hours of the session without an agreement on what to cut.