SAN FRANCISCO — California's receipts exceeded forecasts for a fourth consecutive month in March, adding to the evidence that the state has turned a fiscal and economic corner, according to Controller John Chiang's monthly cash report.

Revenues were $356 million, or 5.9%, above forecast last month, nibbling away at a still-daunting $22.6 billion deficit. Compared to March 2009 when the state was in the depths of its cash crisis, revenue surged 16.6%.

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