• Cutting higher-education funding by $56 million.
• Cutting Medicaid payments to doctors and other health care providers by $28 million.
• Saving $20.1 million by a 2.5 percent cut in total compensation for about 25,000 state employees.
Many of the eliminated or suspended tax breaks are sales tax exemptions including those for:
"[P]urchases of energy used in manufacturing. Savings: $48 million"
"[C]andy and soft drinks. $17.9 million"
"Expanding the definition of what type of software is taxable, including software purchased online. $15 million"
"Enforce sales-tax law on Internet purchases at online vendors with in-state affiliates. $5 million"
"[P]esticides. $2.9 million"
"[C]artons, napkins, condiments, plasticware and other items used to serve food at restaurants. $2.1 million
"[P]rinted materials used in direct-mail advertising. $1.5 million"
"[A]nimal vaccines, hormones, animal drugs, bull semen and other compounds used in agriculture. $1.5 million"
Revenue raisers on the income tax side include (omissions quoted above not noted):
Scaling back a tax credit for alternative-fuel vehicles. $1.3 million
Repeal a state income-tax credit for the wealthy that is tied to the federal "alternative minimum tax" system for high earners. $2.5 million
Limiting to $250,000 per taxpayer each year, for three years, a tax credit for equipment purchased and used in an enterprise zone. $4.5 million
Reduce for three years an income-tax credit on conservation easements up to $375,000 to a credit for no more than $175,000. $13 million
Limit for three years the amount of losses companies could carry forward to offset income in future years to no more than $250,000 a year. $16.8 million
And, in the area of property taxes: "Saving $90.2 million by suspending, for the second year in a row, a property-tax break for seniors."
The Joint Budget Committee is likely to come up with a similar, but not identical list of budget balancing steps in its proposed long bill.