States Are Taking In More Revenue
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View from the Observation Deck

  1. Owners of municipal bonds should take some comfort in knowing that state tax receipts have rebounded in a meaningful way in recent quarters.
  2. Revenues rose 10.8% (y-o-y) in Q2'11. That is a substantial improvement over the situation in Q2'09, where revenues declined by 16.3% (y-o-y).
  3. State tax receipts have increased for six consecutive quarters. The average rate of nominal growth was 6.6%.
  4. Prior to the rebound, collections were down five consecutive quarters (Q4'08 – Q4'09). The average rate of nominal decline was 9.3%.
  5. For the 12-month period ended June 2011, total collections exceeded the previous 12-month period by $58 billion, or 8.4%, according to
  6. That represents the strongest showing since 2005.
Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 @ 8:26 AM

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