"It's basically because of the deficits that occurred over the first eight months of the [budget] year," Muchow said.
He said preliminary March collections appear to be closer to estimates, with the exception of personal income taxes. Fewer state income tax returns have been filed than anticipated at the point, probably because the Internal Revenue Service pushed back the date it would begin accepting federal returns this year, he said.
"At some point in time, these folks will file their tax returns," Muchow said.
During the hiring freeze, agencies may make requests of department secretaries to fill specific job vacancies or, in some cases, of the Governor's Office, with the requests to be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Agencies may fill positions that had job postings that closed on or before Tuesday, as well as any new hires that were being processed at the time of the hiring freeze.
Positions that are funded through Lottery funds or through special or federal revenue are exempted from the hiring freeze, according to the memorandum.
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