2018 Financial Condition Report

For Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2018

About this Report

2017 PAFR Award

This report provides citizens with an overview of the financial condition of New York State. It presents selected financial, economic, and demographic information in an easy-to-understand format.

The report also presents basic information on trends in State receipts (revenues) and spending (disbursements), the State’s financial position as measured by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and selected economic and demographic trends affecting the State. This report fills an information need not met by the traditional, more detailed financial reports issued by the Office of the New York State Comptroller, and is meant to complement those other reports, not to replace them. Detailed accounting data can be found in reports such as the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Financial condition is a broad concept aimed at assessing the ability of a government to balance recurring expenditures with recurring revenues and meet current and future financial and service obligations. This concept relates to a government’s ability to deliver services and generate revenues, while achieving budget balance and making required debt service payments and pension contributions.

The Office of the State Comptroller was honored this past year when it received the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the 2017 Financial Condition Report.