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STATE COERCES $1 BILLION IN CHILD-SUPPORT PAYMENTS

State-backed efforts to collect child support have exceeded $1 billion in 1999 for the first time ever, the Pataki administration has reported.

Gov. George E. Pataki said this year's collections will exceed last year's by about 10 percent, which has become the typical annual increase during his administration. Collections last year were $933 million.

Pataki said a program started in 1995 has been particularly effective at compelling parents who can pay child support to meet their obligations. It threatens residents with having their driver's licenses suspended if they don't make the payments.

About 300,000 such suspensions have been sent since 1995, and about 90,000 licenses are now under suspension, according to Robert Doar, head of the state Office of Child Support Enforcement.

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