This portends one of the most difficult budgets for lawmakers to tackle since the Great Recession of the late 2000s.
“We’ve got a $200 million problem we’ve got to deal with right off the bat,” said House Appropriations Chairman Herb Frierson. “Then, there are other problems.”
“This is going to be as tough a budget as any we’ve had in a while,” said Senate Appropriations Chairman Buck Clarke.
Recent estimates are that revenue growth projected — and budgeted — for the current fiscal year ending June 30 will come up $64 million short.