Study shows Vermont’s reserves continue to grow

By Brent Addleman | The Center Square

A new study shows Vermont’s rainy day fund continues to grow.

Pew Charitable Trusts’ report said Vermont can operate for 53.6 days if the state had no other source of revenue, based on its estimated $244 million rainy day fund at the end of fiscal year 2021.

Rainy day funds are utilized by states to aid revenue forecasting errors, budget gaps during economic downtowns and other emergencies, according to the report.

Vermont’s rainy day fund has grown incrementally over the past seven years, according to Pew data. In 2016, the $78 million rainy day fund would have operated the state for 19.3 days, and that amount jumped to $107 million in 2017 for 25.3 days of operation.

Data showed the fund jumped substantially in balance and operating days to $133 million in 2018 for one month of operating capital before soaring to $224 million and 51.3 days in 2019. For 2020, the fund could have operated the state for 51.8 days on $228 million.

Data showed the fund had $57 million in 2010, and the state could have operated for 19.2 days.

Pew reported the national average for operating on rainy day funds was 29.4 days.

Pew cited “unprecedented federal aid and smaller-than-anticipated tax revenue shortfalls” that could push states to invest more in rainy day funds since reserves dipped during the pandemic as states addressed the ongoing public health crisis.

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3 thoughts on “Study shows Vermont’s reserves continue to grow

  1. The big elephant in the room is the unfunded portion of the State Pension Obligation, now close to $5Billion, maybe more.
    So where would Vermont be if one of those holders of paper, all of a sudden call in the loan?

    My guess is it would be “ZIP City” before that particular day was over.
    These people have always been the same, even back in Howard Dean’s day. They cannot stand to see a pot of money in the bank, regardless of the purpose and with specific detail of purpose. I am just glad none of these idiots managed any of my money.

  2. State budget is $7.3 billion – how much of this “rainy day” money is appropriated to this budget? Rate of inflation, no more Biden bucks….how much of this reserve is stolen from taxpayers in the name of climate change and corrupting children’s minds?

    • NONE of the “rainy day” fund is used to support the $7.3 billion budget. We take money FROM the budgeted annual income to add to the “rainy day” fund each year. In the past few years we have intentionally added to the “rainy day” fund and other reserve funds so we can reach a goal of 15% of our typical annual budget socked away for unforeseen circumstances.

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