Alabama Tax Money for Schools on the Rise

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state official says Alabama's tax
collections for education rose 1.9 percent in March from a year

Acting state Finance Director Bill Newton said Thursday it's a
sign that the state economy has stopped shrinking.

The finance department says the trust fund collected $442
million in March, an increase of $8 million, or 1.9 percent from
March 2009.

The finance department also reported that revenues for the
General Fund totaled $634.3 million in October through March, a
drop of 20.5 percent from the same period a year earlier.

Last year, lawmakers transferred money to the General Fund that
had been reserved to pay potential refunds to companies disputing
past payments of business privilege taxes.

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