The Idaho Legislature adjourned this month in better financial shape than most states, projecting a $60 million surplus in a $2.7 billion general fund budget.
If that figure holds, $2.6 million will be added to the Budget Stabilization Account when fiscal 2013 ends June 30. That would boost state savings accounts to $121 million, according to the Legislature's budget office.
As the recession began in 2008, Idaho had $392 million in five rainy day funds, which helped cushion spending cuts as state revenue dropped by about one-fifth.
Thirty states faced a combined shortfall of $40 billion in fiscal 2013 and two-thirds will be a combined $25 billion short in 2014, according to the April 12 edition of the subscription-only Kiplinger Letter.
Idaho projects a $51 million surplus for fiscal 2014.
Kiplinger warns that many states will face service cuts and/or tax increases, led by big states hard hit by the recession and southern states with large defense installations.
Fuel taxes will rise in 17 states, says the report, and drivers will face higher fines and increased enforcement.
Florida is considering taxing out-of-state online sales, an idea repeatedly rejected by the Idaho Legislature.
Cigarette taxes are rising in parts of Oregon, alcohol taxes will increase in Philadelphia and West Virginia is raising taxes on lottery prizes. Massachusetts is lifting the sales-tax exemption on sodas and candy.
"And don't be surprised by more ballot measures aimed at making money new casinos or gambling initiatives in some jurisdictions, plus efforts to legalize pot," the newsletter says. "Both ventures would be heavily taxed and regulated and could bring in big bucks."
Dan Popkey: 377-6438, Twitter: @IDS_politics