From Houston Chronicle:

State sales tax revenues declined again in June, the Texas Comptroller announced yesterday, but collections from oil and gas taxes appear to have bottomed out and are starting to recover.

The state took in $2.2 billion in sales taxes last month, which is less than 1 percent below the previous June. For the three months ending on June 30, that leaves the state 1.9 percent below the same quarter last year. Not good news, for a category that makes up 56 percent of all tax collections.

Unless Texans go on a huge shopping spree soon, the state’s total revenues for the 2016 fiscal year, which ends Aug. 31, will decline from last year, after climbing steadily since 2010.

On the whole, however, sales taxes — as well as auto rental and sales and motor fuel taxes, which are the state’s second and third largest sources of tax revenue — haven’t fluctuated wildly over the past couple of years.

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