State Revenue officials report collections last month were 17 percent higher than October of 2002. However, they point out a $95-Million federal payment helped boost the numbers significantly. General revenue collectionswithout the payment were actually down 4.2 percent from October a year ago. The officials did report collections have increased more than five percent for the year-to-date. Republicans in the state legislature had projected a5.4 percent growth for budget planning purposes.
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