State revenues continued to trail expectations in October as the first effects of Superstorm Sandy were felt on the state's collections last month.
Year to date, revenue collections are $263 million short of projections, with the bulk of the shortfall coming from sales tax, which is off $119 million from expectations for the first four months of the fiscal year.
Though the full brunt of Sandy's impact has been felt this month, casino closings and sales taxes were likely off due to the storm, which slammed the state on Oct. 29. For the month of October, casino revenue was off $5.3 million, putting the year to date shortfall at $21.5 million.
Corporation business taxes were off $70 million for the month of October, which according to State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff, was due to an "unusual and large refund."
At $2.69 billion for the year, income tax collections have exceeded expectations by 1.6 percent, or $43 million.
It's unknown whether Sandy's destruction has taken a proposed tax cut off the table as Gov. Chris Christie has said he will wait to assess the damage before making any decisions. For their part, Democrats have said they will wait until the end of the year to gauge the state's financial picture before deciding on a tax cut and both sides have said any decision has no doubt been delayed by the storm.
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"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop- PolitickerNJ.com
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