WASHINGTON - State tax collections for the fourth quarter of 2008 declined for the first time in more than six years, and sales taxes were dealt a record-setting blow during that period, according to a report issued yesterday by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government.

Tax collections have been less favorable than in previous periods for both state and local issuers, but the effect on future bond issuance will depend on factors such as the size of a city, sources said.

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