Pennsylvania’s October revenue fails to meet expectations

    The state’s tax collections remain behind expectations, although that may be partly by design.

    A state Revenue Department spokeswoman said Tuesday that collections in October lagged expectations by 3.6 percent for the month. That state also happens to be 3.6 percent behind expectations four months into the new fiscal year.

    However, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center says some of the under-performance may be attributed to revenue estimates this year that predict a larger share of annual revenue coming in during the first half of the fiscal year than estimates of the past several years.

    The Revenue Department is expected to release more details about October’s tax collections later Tuesday.

    The administration of Gov. Tom Corbett expected general revenue growth of about 1.8 percent for the state’s main bank account.

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