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Facing Deficits, Many States Are Imposing Cuts That Hurt Vulnerable Residents

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Publication Date: August 2008

Publisher(s): Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Nicholas Johnson; Elizabeth Hudgins; Jeremy Koulish

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Economics (Economic policy, planning, and development)

Keywords: Economic projections; State budgets; Recession; Public finance

Type: Report


As a new fiscal year begins in most states, at least 20 states have made or proposed budget cuts that threaten vital services for many residents. Targeted areas include:
-Public health: 13 states
-Elderly and disabled services: 6 states
-K-12 education: 10 states
-Colleges and universities: 16 states
-State workforce reductions: 13 states