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Giving Tuesday

Following Gray Thursday, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Dec. 3 was Giving Tuesday, a time to give to others. Even if you missed Giving Tuesday, donations are still needed during this holiday season and always. There are a lot of good causes in Van Buren County including Foods for Life, the Choctaw Food Pantry, the Angel Tree project and Shop with a Cop, just to name a few.

Revenues down

State revenues fell slightly below projections in November, a dip caused by corporate income taxes that did not meet expectations, the state fiscal office reported Tuesday.

The state’s net available general revenue last month totaled $349.7 million, $800,000 or 2 percent below last year, and 2.3 percent below the monthly forecast.

The state’s revenue for the fiscal year that began July 1 is $29.4 million above forecast, according to the report.

Gross collections in corporate income tax, described in the report as “a volatile component of general revenue,” were $4.2 million below the monthly forecast and 41.6 percent percent below last year, according to the report. Corporate refunds were $2.6 million above the monthly forecast and 36.6 percent above a year ago.

The report said other major categories of general revenue also were below forecast by lesser amounts, including individual income, $3.6 million or 1.8 percent below forecast, and sales and use tax, $800,000 or 0.5 percent below forecast.

Santa letters

Kindergarten and first-grade teachers, send us your pupils’ Letters to Santa. We need them by Dec. 16. Please don’t change the kids’ spelling and grammar. The letters will be published on Christmas Day.


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