WASHINGTON - The growth in state revenues slowed in the first three months of this year compared with the final quarter of last year, the Center for the Study of the States reported.

What's more, the slackening of revenue growth would have been worse had it not been for high-income taxpayers who speeded up the receipt of income into 1992 to avoid paying higher taxes proposed by the Clinton administration that are to go into effect on income earned this year, the Albany-based research group said in a new report.

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