Across the country, states face painful decisions as budget deficits cut into core services
Judy Lin and Shannon Mccaffrey, Associated Press
Saturday January 15, 2011, 7:55 pm EST
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — If 2011 is hinting at a national recovery, there is little sign of it in statehouses across the country.
States that already have raided their reserve funds, relied on borrowing or accounting gimmicks, and imposed deep cuts on schools, parks and public transit systems no longer can protect key services in the face of another round of multibillion dollar deficits.