In Michigan
5:44 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

Mich. took in $130M less than expected in Sept.

LANSING, MI – Michigan's financial picture is worse than expected more than four months ago.

The nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency reported Thursday that the state has taken in $130 million less in revenue through September than projected in May.

Half of the revenue would have gone to K-12 schools. The other half would have paid for general government services such as prisons and health care.

Democratic House Appropriations Chairman George Cushingberry Jr. says the school aid fund alone could be down by $200 million by December.

The state is operating under an interim budget as it tries to wrestle spending into line with revenue.

Income tax revenue is down 19% from a year ago. Sales tax collections are down 11%.