rainy day fund


Definition of rainy day fund 


: a fund of money set aside especially by a government to be used during a time of revenue shortfalls or budget deficits

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The budget sets aside reserves of about $30 million — or about 42 percent of its annual expenses — slightly exceeding the city’s policy of saving 40 percent of its budget in a rainy day fund. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Marcos passes $77 million budget, adds a new school resource officer," 14 June 2018 After accounting for certain mandatory spending — including about a half-billion-dollar deposit into the state’s rainy day fund — Baker, a Republican who is up for reelection in November, is proposing $575 million in outlays with the surplus cash. Joshua Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "Governor Baker proposes $72 million for school safety," 13 July 2018 Cassano and others were happy that a huge influx of state income tax collections has filled the state’s coffers this year, pushing the rainy day fund to a record-breaking $1.5 billion. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Money for Towns and Cities, Aid to Seniors Included In State Budget Deal," 9 May 2018 The state feeds the rainy day fund, created by the Legislature in 2007, by diverting a small amount from the general fund. Hillary Borrud, OregonLive.com, "Oregon lawmakers weigh odds of a recession, as reserves grow," 26 May 2018 Legislators will likely tap into the rainy day fund to close the current projected defict of nearly $382 million in the current fiscal year that ends on June 30. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Democrats Optimistic Of Budget Vote Before Session Ends," 7 May 2018 New Jersey emptied its rainy day fund in 2009 and has yet to begin refilling it. David Harrison, WSJ, "Many States Are Likely Unprepared for Next Downturn," 8 July 2018 That situation has allowed Texas to fatten its rainy day fund to $11 billion, Whitley says, while forcing local governments to pay a higher share of costs once shouldered by the state. Gordon Dickson And Nicholas Sakelaris, star-telegram, "Priced out of their home? North Texans see tax bill rise $1,200 in five years," 6 July 2018 Under the budget approved by the Legislature, the state will fill its rainy day fund to its constitutional limit of 10 percent of general fund revenue, or $13.8 billion. Melody Gutierrez, San Francisco Chronicle, "California lawmakers OK budget with more money for schools, homelessness," 14 June 2018

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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