DALLAS — Texas sales tax revenues in fiscal 2010 were $1.5 billion less than expected in the official forecast, putting in doubt the projections for collections of $44.3 billion over the two-year state budget cycle.

Comptroller Susan Combs said Thursday that the state sales tax collections in fiscal 2010 were down almost 7% from January 2009’s estimate of $21.7 billion. The official estimate for fiscal 2011 is for $22.6 billion.

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