California general fund ends fiscal year in black
07/10/2014 11:06 AM
07/10/2014 5:17 PM
In the latest sign of California’s improving budget outlook, the state general fund ended the fiscal year in the black for the first time since June 2007, according to the state controller’s monthly cash report.
Revenues as of June 30, the final day of the fiscal year, exceeded spending by about $4.3 billion, enough to pay off outstanding loans and leave a balance of about $1.9 billion, according to the report. The state has previously borrowed money, including from internal special funds, to address fluctuations in revenue. Tom Dresslar, a spokesman for the state treasurer, said in an email that the state still plans to use short-term revenue anticipation notes to meet cash flow needs, but how much has not yet been decided.
Controller John Chiang cautioned the balance could be erased by an economic dip.
“While this is welcome news after seven years of record-high borrowing just to pay our everyday bills, we still have much work to do,” Chiang said in a prepared statement. “We should remain laser-focused on paying down the Wall of Debt, reversing the many accounting gimmicks to which we’ve become addicted and keeping the State as liquid as possible to avoid experiencing the payment delays and IOUs that plagued our state during the Great Recession.”
Chiang said “another down cycle in the economy is inevitable – we just don’t know when or how prolonged it might be.”
The controller’s office reported revenue for the 2013-14 fiscal year at $101.6 billion, about 2.1 percent higher than Gov. Jerry Brown projected in January.
Editor’s note: This post was updated at 12:30 p.m. to include Dresslar’s remarks.
Editor's Choice Videos
Join the Discussion
Merced Sun-Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.