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From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

If, as many financial experts believe, a national economic recovery is getting underway, it apparently hasn’t reached Kentucky. Revenue collections in the commonwealth continue to spiral downward.

Total state revenue collections for September were off almost 10%, falling from $804 million last September to $725 million this year.

Tax receipts have declined for the last nine months, with weak collections in major sources of revenue – like sales and use taxes and income taxes – that support 75% of state government operations.

State Budget Director Mary Lassiter says given recent trends, the likelihood of balancing the budget this fiscal year “is in question.”

The Consensus Forecasting Group – the panel of economic experts that advises the governor and legislative leaders – meets Monday to consider preliminary revenue estimates for the current fiscal year and the next biennium.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."