Utah legislature watch: “So what is this structural imbalance?”

So what is this structural imbalance? : Vox Populi.

Structural balance refers to the matching of ongoing expenditures with ongoing revenues. If revenues equal or exceed expenditures, structural balance is achieved. If expenditures exceed revenues, structural imbalance occurs.

Before the Great Recession, Utah achieved structural balance. The fiscal 2006 surpluses were $241 million. For fiscal year 2007 that ended last June, surpluses were $308 million in the two main tax funds, the General Fund and the Education Fund.

In 2011 state revenues do not equal or exceed expenditures. In fact, the state is an estimated $313 million dollars short of achieving structural balance and that does not include the high growth areas of the budget such as Medicaid, public & higher education.

Now you know what “structural balance” is.  Utah’s working towards it, and California may never have it.

What’s it take to get it? Cut services or raise taxes. Wanna guess which is easier to do?
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4 responses to “Utah legislature watch: “So what is this structural imbalance?”

  1. Ha! Did you see the latest on KSL? Utah Democrats don’t think budget cuts are the answer. “The Legislature is proposing budget cuts too soon.”
    http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=14227988

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