NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Tennessee revenue collections are showing signs of improvement, but are still well below expectations.
The state's general fund collections came in $4 million short of projections in March, which reflects economic activity in the previous month.
Corporate franchise and excise taxes were $12 million below the budgeted estimate for the month, though sales taxes exceeded expectations by $9 million.
Through the first eight months of the budget year, general fund collections have come up $264 million short of projections. The poor revenue collections led the Republican-controlled Legislature to cancel planned raises for teachers and state employees in the state's $32.4 billion annual budget plan passed last week.