"North Carolina's tax collections are showing small signs of improvement
as the state tries to pull out of an economic downturn which caused government shortfalls. State budget director Charlie Perusse said Tuesday that preliminary September revenues are better compared to the same month a year ago. Taxes withheld from payroll checks are 4.5% higher and sales tax collections are up by 3%. Corporate tax payments have seen an 11% increase.
Perusse said the readings make it the best month for those indicators in a couple of years."