Missouri’s gross revenue collection in July was up by .6 percent as compared to July 2010.
The revenue increase is driven by strong individual income tax collection, which was up 9.3 percent over the same time last year. Sales taxes remain stagnant, according to state budget director Linda Luebbering. She blames low sales tax collection on a stubbornly high unemployment rate.
A new Missouri proposal triples the fees for tattoo artists in the state. Officials says the fee increase is needed to finance its oversight of the growing industry. (Flickr Creative Commons, madaboutasia)