State's tax take higher than expected in December, but year-to-date figures still lag

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BOSTON — Massachusetts revenue officials say tax collections exceeded expectations last month but the state still remains below projections for the full fiscal year.

Revenue Commissioner Amy Pitter said preliminary figures show the state took in just over $2.3 billion last month, representing an increase of more than 10 percent over the same month a year ago.

Collections for December — the last full month of Gov. Deval Patrick's administration — came in $23 million above the state's monthly benchmark. Halfway through the fiscal year ending June 30, the state is now $18 million shy of its year-to-date benchmark.

Patrick last month ordered cuts in executive branch agencies to help close part of an estimated $329 million deficit, but lawmakers have yet to act on other proposed spending cuts in state government.

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