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November Revenue Forecast Predicts Slower, But Increasing Growth

Wed, 2018-11-28 10:19

November Revenue Forecast Predicts Slower, But Increasing Growth

The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) released their November revenue forecast. The projected Near General Fund-State (GF-S) revenue forecast for the 2017-19 biennium increased by $163.4 million. Projected revenue collections for the 2019-21 biennium increased by $195.5 million. The report projects higher personal income than the September revenue forecast, but slower growth.

Here is a quick summary of the total projected Near GF-S revenue for each biennium:

  • $45.799 billion for the 2017-19 biennium, 17.3 percent more than the 2015-17 biennium
  • $50.002 billion for the 2019-21 biennium, 9.2 percent more than the 2017-19 biennium
  • $53.795 billion for the 2021-23 biennium, 7.6 percent more than the 2019-21 biennium

Some context behind the numbers:

  • Washington’s unemployment declined to 4.3 percent in October, an all-time low in the series that extends back to 1976.
  • The forecast expects 2.7 percent Washington employment growth this year compared to 2.9 percent in the September forecast. The forecast expects growth to decelerate gradually as the recovery matures and for employment growth to average 1.3 percent per year in 2019 through 2023.
  • The forecast estimates that Washington personal income in the second quarter of 2018 is $10.4 billion (2.4 percent) higher than the September forecast.
  • Cumulative GF-S revenue collections from September 11 through November 10, 2018 were $22 million (0.7 percent) higher than forecasted in September. The slower growth was primarily attributed to Revenue Act taxes, which make up the bulk of GF-S revenue and include sales taxes, business and occupation taxes, and certain tobacco products, coming in $25 million (0.9 percent) lower than forecasted in September.

Governor Jay Inslee will use revenue estimates from this forecast when crafting his proposed 2019-21 biennial budgets, which will be released in December. The Governor’s budget release is the first step in the budget process for the upcoming 2019 legislative session, which begins in January.

Stay tuned to the OPBlog for updates on 2019-21 budget proposals and the legislative session!

September Revenue Forecast Shows Increased Revenue

Wed, 2018-11-14 12:30

September Revenue Forecast Shows Increased Revenue

The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) released their September revenue forecast. The projected Near General Fund-State (GF-S) revenue forecast for the 2017-19 biennium increased by $348 million. Projected revenue collections for the 2019-21 biennium increased by $443 million. The forecast expects higher personal income and employment than the June revenue forecast.

Here is a quick summary of the total projected Near GF-S revenue for each biennium:

  • $45.636 billion for the 2017-19 biennium, 16.9 percent more than the 2015-17 biennium
  • $49.806 billion for the 2019-21 biennium, 9.1 percent more than the 2017-19 biennium
  • $53.585 billion for the 2021-23 biennium, 7.6 percent more than the 2019-21 biennium

Some context behind the numbers:

  • Cumulative GF-S revenue collections from June 11 through September 10, 2018 were $147 million (3.0 percent) higher than forecasted in June.
  • Revenue Act taxes, which make up the bulk of GF-S revenue and include sales taxes, business and occupation taxes, and certain tobacco products, came in $137 million (3.3 percent) higher than forecasted.
  • The forecast expects Washington employment to grow 2.9 percent this year compared to 2.5 percent in the June forecast. The increase is primarily attributed to growing private services-providing sectors. Partially due to employment growth, personal income is also projected to be higher than the June forecast.

There will be one more revenue forecast this year, which will be released in November. The Governor will use the November forecast revenue estimates when crafting his proposed 2019-21 biennial budgets, which will be released in December.

Stay tuned to the OPBlog for updates on revenue forecasts and the upcoming 2019 legislative session!

OPBlog: Introduction

Tue, 2018-11-13 09:37

OPBlog: Introduction

Hello! My name is Barbara Reichart and I am the 2018-19 Legislative and Policy Analysis Intern for the Office of Planning & Budgeting (OPB). I am currently a graduate student at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance seeking a Masters in Public Administration. Prior to joining the University of Washington community, I worked at a trade association focusing on higher education access and financing policy in Washington, DC.

I am excited to join the OPB team and look forward to updating the OPBlog throughout the year with posts related to higher education trends, federal and state legislative issues, and UW-specific policy initiatives.

Please feel free to send any feedback or suggestions for future posts! You can reach me at reichart@uw.edu.

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