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Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 12:24pm

January Revenue Figures Slump

The latest revenue figures came out Tuesday and show tax collections are still down. Governor Sonny Perdue’s office says the state took in more than $1.4 billion last month.

That’s down 8.7% from the previous year.

In January of 2009, the state took in nearly $1.6 billion.

The year-to-date fiscal year revenue drop is nearly 13%.

The numbers come state Republicans and Democrats push competing plans that would each require business license lists to be crosschecked with sales tax receipts.

The GOP proposal would place that responsibility with the state Department of Revenue.

The Democratic plan would have the state share lists with local governments.

But state Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham said the Democratic plan would violate the state's taxpayer confidentiality laws.