- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Legislature’s budget staff says tax collections rose by 5 percent in the budget year that ended June 30 and were nearly exactly as forecast.

Wednesday’s preliminary report on state finances for the 2016 budget year shows revenues were $25 million above forecast at $9.45 billion. The state began last year with a $312 million surplus, putting total revenue at $9.77 billion.

Spending increased 3 percent to $9.54 billion, $28 million above forecast. That means the 2017 budget year began July 1 with an estimated $222 million surplus.

Sales taxes collections rose less than expected at 3 percent and personal income tax collections increased a higher-than-expected 5.5 percent. But corporate income taxes fell by a greater-than-expected 14 percent, likely the result of phased-in tax cuts and lower corporate profits.

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