DALLAS — State revenues are beginning to increase after more than a year in the doldrums, officials told the Texas House Ways and Means Committee Tuesday, but are still coming in shy of estimates in the current two-year budget due partly to lethargic residential construction.

John Heleman, chief revenue estimator for Comptroller Susan Combs, said monthly sales tax revenues have posted year-over-year increases in each of the past four months, but those gains come after 14 months of declines. Sales tax collections in the first 11 months of fiscal 2010 — which ends Aug. 31 — were $1.4 billion less than expected.

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