Revenue Collections Continue Strong Trend Heading Into Last Month of the State’s Fiscal Year

With less than one month remaining in the state’s 2020-21 Fiscal Year and negotiations on the upcoming year’s budget beginning in earnest, the Commonwealth continues a strong fiscal showing.  May’s revenue collections totaled $3.9 billion – representing a staggering 65.4 percent increase over official estimates.

Last month, the state’s Independent Fiscal Office forecasted the Commonwealth would finish the fiscal year with a $3.16 billion revenue surplus.  The state is on track to realize that number with revenue collections to date totaling $36.6 billion, or $2.9 billion over estimates.

The higher than anticipated revenues come as welcome news for state government officials.  With the fiscal year nearing an end, June historically marks a period of intense negotiations over the upcoming year’s state budget.  Adding another dynamic to budgetary discussions is the influx of more than $7 billion in federal stimulus aid.

While strong revenues help to alleviate pressures on the General Fund brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still several areas of disagreement between the Wolf administration and Republican majorities in the General Assembly – including the final spend number and the allocation of the stimulus dollars.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed interest and optimism in finalizing the 2021-22 budget plan well ahead of the June 30 constitutional deadline.


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