- Associated Press - Thursday, March 2, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A new report shows Missouri’s revenues were up nearly 5 percent through the first two-thirds of its fiscal year.

The figures released Thursday by the state Office of Administration show improvement over previous months but are still short of the roughly 7 percent growth needed to fully fund the 2017 budget.

Net general revenues were up 4.93 percent through February compared to the same point the previous year. That included 4 percent growth in individual income taxes, which comprise the largest share of state revenues. Sales tax revenues were up 2.3 percent.

The bottom line was made better by a 12 percent decline in tax refunds.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and his predecessor Jay Nixon have together made nearly $350 million of spending cuts because revenues were short of projections.

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