Miss. tax collections beat expectations in April

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The state Department of Revenue says Mississippi tax collections beat expectations in April.

Republican Gov. Haley Barbour says that’s good news, but the state still faces financial challenges with rising gas prices and unemployment that lingers around 10 percent.

The April tax collections were $40.2 million higher than original projections. That’s nearly 8.4 percent higher than anticipated for the month.

Mississippi’s economy has struggled in the past couple of years, along with the national economy. In early April, legislators finished writing a nearly $5.5 billion state budget for the year that begins July 1.