Business tax collections in New York dropped during the first four months of fiscal 2009, according to a cash report issued yesterday on the eve of a special legislative session to grapple with potential budget cuts.

Total business taxes fell during that time by $312 million to $1.09 billion, compared to the same period in fiscal 2008, according to the report issued yesterday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. At the same time, the state's income tax collections came in $153.3 million above projections at $10.56 billion.

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