Overall state tax collections continued to increase during the first quarter of this year, driven mostly by strong growth in personal income tax collections, continuing improvement in the economy and a large tax increase in California, the Rockefeller Institute of Government concluded in a report issued Wednesday.

The growth in personal income tax collections was the strongest since the start of the Great Recession, although it was weaker if California is excluded from the total, said the report, written by Lucy Dadayan and Donald J. Boyd.

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