Report: State revenues drop in October

In the latest report on the state's revenue picture, state revenues were just over $58 million -- or 4.4. percent -- less than forecasted.
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In the latest report on the state's revenue picture, state revenues were just over $58 million -- or 4.4. percent -- less than forecasted.

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