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

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Publication Date: June 2008

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

Author(s): Iris J. Lav; Elizabeth Hudgins

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

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

Keywords: Recession; State budgets; Economic projections; Income diversity

Type: Report


To date, at least 18 states have made or proposed budget cuts that threaten vital services for many residents, including some of the state’s most vulnerable residents. In recognition that the current downturn is hitting some areas harder than others, federal aid could be targeted to help the states that are experiencing the greatest economic problems.