* State Road Fund collections of $665.6 million were $2.29 million better than 2010-11, and $43.1 million over projections for the year, primarily because the privilege tax paid on vehicle purchases came in 23 percent above estimates, at $186.29 million.
* Although the total general revenue appropriation in the 2011-12 budget was $4.01 billion, agencies spent $3.88 billion of that amount. Of the unexpended funds, $121 million were reappropriated into the agency's 2012-13 budgets, while $11.36 million was swept from the accounts and moved into surplus funds.
* The state's share of state Lottery revenue of $608.77 million was $81.6 million over estimates. Budget officials had expected state revenues from the state's racetrack casinos to fall nearly $16 million from 2010-11 figures, as new competing casinos were expected to open in Ohio.
Instead, Lottery revenues from the racetrack casinos actually improved $17.7 million over the previous year, as the Ohio casinos either opened very late in the budget year, or are still under construction.
"We thought Ohio would be 100 percent up and running now, and they're not," McKown said. "They're just coming on board."
Meanwhile, revenue from limited video lottery in bars and clubs around the state came in $46.5 million, or 22 percent, above estimates.
In fact, with roughly 7,400 machines, video lottery produced $262.4 million of revenue for the state, not far behind the $271.59 million of revenue produced by nearly 14,000 racetrack slot machines.
| The state's two Rainy Day funds currently contain $883 million. McKown said that's equal to 21 percent of the general revenue budget, and the third-best funded Rainy Day fund in the U.S. However, he noted that in the event of a major emergency, with little or no tax revenue coming in, it would be enough to keep state government running only for a matter of weeks.
"While that's a big number, it's really only 2 1/2 months of expenditures," McKown said.
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