WASHINGTON — State tax collections grew by 4.7% for the ninth straight quarter in the first three months of this year and are now above pre-recession levels, the Rockefeller Institute on Government said in a report released Thursday.

Total state tax revenues were 4.8% higher in the first quarter of 2012 than the same period in 2008, according to the 20-page report. The institute forecasts that states will likely see a 10th straight quarter of revenue growth, in step with an overall improving national economy.

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