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State Governments Face Budget Crisis

46 states have cut services to reduce their deficit

Despite signs the economy is brightening, state governments face a fourth straight year of financial crisis. To balance their budgets over the past three years, officials have cut programs that help their most vulnerable residents, including older people and the disabled. They've hiked university tuitions and sliced K-12 school spending. They've laid off hundreds of thousands of public employees and pared workers' benefits and pensions.
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