Here's why the Joint Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee canceled its meeting that was supposed to be today, the meeting at which the panel chooses a revenue figure on which it recommends setting the state budget: They're waiting for the latest state tax revenue numbers. "We're hoping to maybe get some more numbers before we try to set a target," said Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, co-chairman of the panel. The governor's budget office says preliminary figures show a $12.6 million shortfall in December's revenue numbers, but that's not final. "I think we're concerned about the trend," Goedde said. "We have to figure out to the best of our ability how deep the hole is for the current fiscal year, before we start looking at 2011." The meeting hasn't yet been rescheduled; Goedde said it'll be "sometime in the next couple weeks."
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