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How States Estimate Revenue

A number of states have seen tax collections come in below forecasts in recent months as the nation continues to struggle with a weakening economic outlook.

Errors in estimating revenues can leave policy makers unsure about how much revenue their states will have coming in, making it tougher for them to make thoughtful decisions about where to spend and where to cut. Read our expert Q&A to learn more about how states estimate revenue.