AUSTIN, Texas, Jan 7 (Reuters) - The Texas Legislature will have 12.4 percent more revenue to spend in the next two budget years because of higher-than-expected tax collections, state Comptroller Susan Combs projected on Monday.
'Texas experienced a very strong rebound from a severe recession,' said Combs, who issued her biennial revenue estimate a day before the Texas Legislature convenes.
Texas has a two-year budget cycle and lawmakers this session will craft a 2014-2015 budget.
Combs forecast revenue of $101.4 billion - which the comptroller says is 12.4 percent greater than corresponding funds available for the current budget cycle - including $8.8 billion expected to remain at the end of the 2012-2013 budget cycle.
The state's general revenue collections are projected to be $96.2 billion, $3.6 billion of which would be set aside for the state's rainy-day fund.
Combs estimated that the rainy-day fund will have $8.1 billion at the end of the current budget cycle and $11.8 billion at the end of the 2014-2015 cycle.
Collections of sales tax, oil and natural gas production taxes and motor vehicle sales taxes have exceeded expectations, she added.
(Reporting By Corrie MacLaggan; Editing by Greg McCune and Andre Grenon) Keywords: USA TEXAS/BUDGET
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