State health chief Alan Levine told lawmakers Tuesday that he is uncertain how he would handle further budget cuts this fiscal year. “It will be a blend of really thinking through what the options are, doing a little prayer,” said Levine, secretary of the state Department Health and Hospitals.
Lower than expected tax collections — possibly $400 million less — may force lawmakers to once again trim the state budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30. They recently lopped $248 million from the current year’s $29 billion budget.
State Department of Revenue Undersecretary Clarence Lymon said February’s revenue collections are lower than what was generated at this point last year.