WASHINGTON - A significant number of states are experiencing declines in the revenues they obtain from their largest or second-largest source - the sales tax - according to a report released by the Rockefeller Institute of Government.

The report, which was released Thursday, found that of the 36 states that have reported sales tax numbers for the first quarter of 2008, 21 faced declines compared to the revenue they collected in the same quarter in 2007. All told, 45 states collect a sales tax.

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