WASHINGTON — The first two quarters of the year showed gains in state tax revenues, thanks mostly to legislated tax increases, but total collections still linger below 2008 levels, the Rockefeller Institute of Government said Tuesday.

Overall state taxes, along with sales and personal income taxes, grew in the April to June quarter by 2.3% over the same quarter last year, the institute found in its survey of states. Early signs are positive for revenue to keep improving, the institute added in a report on the survey.

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