That sounds impressive, but remember there are two variables at work here: how much money the state took in and how much it predicted it would take in. When Maryland legislators were finalizing the fiscal 2015 budget, the state predicted general fund growth of 5.4 percent, and it's behind. Virginia predicted growth of 5.3 percent, and it's behind too. Pennsylvania is ahead of projections, but it was only predicting 4.9 percent growth to begin with, and it's out-year projections are significantly more modest. When it comes to individual income taxes, for example, Pennsylvania's collections are 3.1 percent above what they were last year. Even with this latest write-down, Maryland's are running 3.2 percent ahead of last year. Maryland's problem is not so much that the bottom is falling out in terms of revenues but that the budget was predicated on what turn out to have been overly optimistic assumptions.