- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Department of Revenue says state finances continue to lag.

As of Nov. 30, the state had collected about $115 million less than expected. The cumulative total of $1.52 billion also is about $83 million less than the state had collected at the same time a year.

For the month of November alone, General Revenue Fund collections were $290 million - nearly $23 million below projections, and 1.6 percent below prior year receives.

Revenue Cabinet Secretary Robert S. Kiss says the state continues to see a big decline in severance tax collections, as well as a lack of growth in personal income tax and sales tax revenue.

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