"Driven by strong retail sales and personal income tax withholdings, February receipts poured in at nearly $1 billion above projections," Chiang said.
"How we conserve and invest during the upswings of California's notorious boom-or-bust revenue cycles will determine how critical programs, such as public safety and education, will weather the next economic dip," he added. "With fiscal discipline and a focus on slashing debt, we can make California more recession-resistant and prosperity a more enduring hallmark of our state."
Income tax receipts exceeded the governor's expectations by $721.7 million, or 45.7%. Corporate tax receipts came in ahead of estimates by $87.4 million, or 236.2%. Sales and use taxes were $113.7 million, or 3.9%, above the expectations in the governor's 2014-15 proposed budget.
The state ended the month with a General Fund cash deficit of $14.1 billion, which was covered with internal and external borrowing. That figure was down from last year, when the state faced a cash deficit of $16.2 billion at the end of February.