By: Keith Phaneuf, CT Mirror
March 8, 2019
After years of watching state tax receipts fall short of expectations, Connecticut officials have enjoyed the last 12 months as they’ve amassed a $1.2 billion budget reserve — with the potential to sock away another $1 billion before the fall.
But for the last two months, Connecticut’s chief fiscal watchdog has been trying to temper expectations through his monthly budget forecasts.
And while Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo has not forecasted gloom-and-doom, he has warned it’s premature to say the bonanza will continue in the next forecast — due shortly after the April 15 income tax filing deadline.
Major changes in federal tax policy and a dangerous national trend in household debt are wild cards that cannot be ignored, the comptroller told CT Mirror this week.
“These items give me pause, but I am not in red light territory,” Lembo said, adding that his office “generally has a lot of agreement with the governor and the legislature on the strengthening of Connecticut’s economy and its balance sheet.”