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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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 If these numbers hold, the state will use part of that improvement in the budget to make an estimated $38 million deposit into the state's rainy day fund. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin budget: Projection shows $138 million improvement, giving needed boost for GOP," 17 Jan. 2018 Lawmakers and Governor Brown are using that windfall to fill the rainy day fund to the maximum allowed under the state constitution and boost other savings, producing $16 billion in total reserves. Jonathan J. Cooper, The Christian Science Monitor, "California sees $9 billion surplus, passes budget to help poor," 15 June 2018

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