Sales-tax revenues for Upstate counties have been basically flat for the first six months of 2014.

The state Department of Taxation and Finance reports that sales-tax revenue was up 2.2% for the first half of the year, but almost all of those gains came from New York City.

Sales tax collections can be seen a proxy for economic growth in a region.  An economically healthy, growing area can expect to see growth in sales tax collections over time.  This news is yet another reminder that the Upstate economy continues to struggle, and that we need Albany’s help to improve the situation.