Section 7 of Chapter 1 of the Laws of 2007 requires representatives of the Governor, Senate,Assembly and Comptroller to meet on or before November 15th to review State financial andeconomic information and projections for the current and upcoming State Fiscal Year. Dubbed‘Quick Start’, its goal is to facilitate timely adoption of the State budget for the next fiscal year.As part of this process, each house is required to prepare and make available a forecast of receipts and disbursements for the current and ensuing fiscal year no later than November 5th. A joint report is published and made available on the respective web sites after the meeting.The Senate Finance Committee staff projects moderate economic growth and low inflation for2011 at both the national level and in New York State. While corporate profits are expected tobe very positive, robust hiring is not projected, thus leaving the unemployment rate above eightpercent in New York and the United States. Wage growth is projected to be a little more thantwo percent in 2010 and nearly four percent in 2011. But consumption is expected to remainsluggish.Based on this economic forecast, All Funds tax collections are now projected to reach nearly$61.1 billion in SFY 2010-11, an increase of $3.4 billion or 5.9 percent from SFY 2009-10.Further growth is projected for SFY 2011-12 as All Funds tax collections increase to $64.8billion, an increase of $3.7 billion or six percent. Of this $3.7 billion projected increase from thecurrent year, nearly $2.7 billion or seventy-three percent will come from an increase in PersonalIncome Tax collections. Business Taxes are projected to rise in SFY 2011-12 by $762 million or10.4 percent. User Taxes and Fees are projected to rise in SFY 2011-12 by $250 million or 1.7percent. Other Taxes are projected to remain at approximately $3 billion again in SFY 2011-12.Miscellaneous Receipts are also projected to remain at approximately $2.9 billion again in SFY2011-12.On the disbursement side of the ledger, $21.1 billion in School Aid is estimated to flow in SFY2010-11. This is projected to rise to $22.5 billion in SFY 2011-12, an increase of $1.4 billion or6.5 percent. Foundation Aid, which comprises $14.9 billion or seventy-one percent of the total,is projected to remain at SFY 2010-11 levels. Expense-based aids, which include Building Aid,Transportation Aid, Special Education Aids and BOCES aid, are projected to grow by $548million or more than nine percent. Loss of the one-time federal Education Jobs aid ($607million) is more than offset by the projected absence of the Gap Elimination Adjustment ($1.4billion) in SFY 2011-12.The State share of Medicaid disbursements are projected to reach $12.5 billion in SFY 2010-11and grow to $18.4 billion in SFY 2011-12, an increase of $5.9 billion or 47.8 percent. Thisdramatic increase arises mostly ($3.6 billion or more than sixty-one percent of the total) from theloss of Enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage that came via the federal stimuluspackage. The State is scheduled to return to its fifty percent Medicaid reimbursement from thefederal government in June 2011. We also expect an increase in utilization of health careservices and rising costs for most of the services financed by Medicaid, including skilled nursingfacilities, hospital outpatient services, freestanding clinics and pharmaceuticals.