From the Pennsylvania Revenue Department:

REVENUE DEPARTMENT RELEASES JULY COLLECTIONS
HARRISBURG: Secretary of Revenue Gregory C. Fajt today reported that the state collected $1.7 billion in General Fund revenue in July, the first month of the 2005-2006 fiscal year.
Sales Tax receipts totaled $781.5 million; Personal Income Tax revenue was $635.8 million; and Corporation Tax revenue was $98.5 million for July.
General Fund revenue figures for July included $64.2 million in Inheritance Tax and $54.7 million in Realty Transfer Tax.
Other General Fund revenue, including the Cigarette, Malt Beverage and Liquor taxes, totaled $101.6 million for the month.
In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $259.6 million during the month.
The monthly distribution of the revenue estimate is not yet available.

In what can only be considered an attempt to make a statement, a handful of Senators is introducing a new bill to make the federal estate tax repeals permanent. Those Senators have admitted that they are several votes short of those needed to be successful; nonetheless, the Boston Globe has reported this morning that the vote will be pushed through this week.

Earlier in the year, Senate Majority Leader Frist had vowed to vote on the legislation before the August recess (hmm, cutting it a little close, I see).
What is puzzling about this zeal to push the bill through this week is that a compromise bill, perhaps permanently raising the exemption amount, would have likely had the support to pass. However, the permanent repeal of a revenue-generating tax that affects only the top 2% of Americans, just doesn’t have a trem

endous amount of appeal at a time that the US is facing mounting deficits.
And not to blur the discussion without actual facts (horrors!), the Congressional Budget Office has released a study that suggests that keeping the exemption amount at 2009 levels would relieve almost all small family-owned businesses and farmers from the tax. You can download their report here (downloads a PDF).

Nonetheless, the push is on for the repeal. I guess you can’t blame a Senator for trying…