Recession-weary state and local governments issued almost 16% more short-term municipal notes in the first half of 1991 than during the same period last year, according to Securities Data Co./Bond Buyer.

Note sales rose to $19.2 billion in the January-June period, compared with $16.6 billion in the first half of 1990. It was the biggest first-half volume for notes since 1984, when $20.41 billion was issued.

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