WASHINGTON -- Last quarter saw beleaguered state budgets get their first small taste of an economic recovery in at least two years, according to a measure of state fiscal conditions just released by the Center for the Study of the States.

State revenues, excluding the effects of tax changes and inflation, rose 1.4% in the third quarter of 1992 over the same period a year ago. This is the first gain this number has posted since the center began calculating the figure in the fourth quarter of 1990, according to a report from the Albany-based center.

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