Maine Budget 

Maine tax officials say revenues were close to budget as the first month of fiscal 2011 ended. Revenues overall for July were $1.2 million, or less than 1percent, under budget. But Michael Allen of Maine Revenue Servicestold the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee Monday that theall-important sales tax revenues were over budget by $1.7 million,marking the fourth consecutive month sales and use taxes were overbudget. Helping to push sales tax revenues over budget were automobilesales and tourism-related spending. Allen told the committee that highway revenues were also overbudget in July. Maine ended fiscal 2010 on June 30 with a surplus of $70million. Allen said most of that was due to a surge in consumerspending in late winter and early spring. (AP)