New Revenue Forecast Shows Positives for State Budget

Dec 15, 2016

Indiana’s new revenue forecast is much more positive than the vision laid out by budget-writing lawmakers.

For weeks, legislators preached caution when discussing the two-year state budget they’ll write in the upcoming session. Yet a new revenue forecast predicts they will have about one billion new dollars. And that’s even after the forecast says the state will collect about $300 million less this fiscal year than originally expected.

Still, House Ways and Means Chair Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, continues to preach caution.

“There’s optimism on the forecast but is there optimism in the overall economy? Because, again, there’s so many things on the horizon that could derail this forecast,” Brown says.

And Senate Appropriations Chair Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, says historically speaking, a new recession could be around the corner.

“I think that makes us be somewhat cautious, just because of, not the items contained in the forecast, but the fact that it’s just been so long since we’ve had any kind of an adjustment,” Kenley says.

Lawmakers will receive an updated forecast in April, just before they finalize the new state budget.