State officials will put off issuing their annual analysis of debt affordability until the end of September, after a clearer revenue picture emerges, Treasurer Lucille Maurer said last week.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer, anxious to determine needed budget cuts, has asked finance officials to come up with preliminary revenue estimates by mid-September. "By Sept. 10, in all likelihood, we should have a planning number, probably a range," Ms. Maurer said. She added that officials should have a firm revenue forecast by Sept. 21.

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