WASHINGTON - State tax revenues throughout the nation are flat for the first time since the 2002 recession, the Rockefeller Institute reported yesterday.

Total tax revenues for 42 states showed a mere 0.1% gain from July to September, down sharply from the 50-state growth rate of 3.6% during the second quarter, the report said. The data shows tax revenues will worsen in coming months, leading to state budget shortfalls.

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