State budget director Linda Leubbering is reporting that 2015 fiscal year to date general revenue collections increased 3.8 percent thru the first quarter of the new budget year. Figures released Thursday show that both individual income and sales tax collections both rose for the three month period ending in September. The 3.8 percent increase marks a turnaround from the last fiscal year but remains short of what’s needed for the budget. Legislators had forecast a 4.2 percent growth rate and Governor Nixon expected a 5.2 percent increase for this year. However Leubbering says the state now needs a greater than ten percent growth rate in order to meet the budget.