Charter Currents

Charter Currents: Tanking State Revenues Paint Challenging Funding Picture

Eric Premack

Founder & Executive Director

Category: CA State Budget
December 8, 2023

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) yesterday issued its annual Fiscal Outlook, estimating the state has a $68 billion budget deficit with potentially challenging implications for school funding. The report comes as a surprise in a unique year when the normal April 15 income tax filing deadline was pushed back to October, and then again to November to allow residents and businesses in most counties extra time following last winter’s severe weather. The delay in this deadline forced the governor and Legislature last summer to adopt the 2022-23 state budget without the usual April tax collection data—a key piece of information in the state’s complex revenue puzzle. With the solid 2022 revenue data in hand, the picture has clarified in an ugly way.