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State tax receipts lower than last fiscal year

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is reporting that tax receipts for the past fiscal year have dropped nearly 5 percent from the previous year. This equates to a $3.7 billion dollar decline. Despite the drop, the state's general fund still finished the year at higher levels than were anticipated, ending at $7.2 billion. The state's rainy day fund rose to $2 billion.

DiNapoli also reported that tax auditors have already identified more than 13,000 inappropriate refunds claimed on personal tax returns, halting payments of more than $4 million.