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Monday, 18th October 2010

Priorities for State Government Among Residents of Five Fiscally Stressed States Are Similar – but Conflict With Budget Reality

Priorities for State Government Among Residents of Five Fiscally Stressed States Are Similar – but Conflict With Budget Reality
Source: Pew Center on the States

Residents across five diverse, fiscally stressed states have similar priorities for state government, but their preferences clash with budget reality, according to a new report released by the Pew Center on the States and the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). The in-depth report is based on surveys in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois and New York of public attitudes about the fiscal crisis facing states and what residents think their elected officials should do about it. The analysis shows that policy leaders have much work to do if they want residents to understand the severity of their state's fiscal challenges and support painful decisions that may be required.

Together, the five states surveyed comprise almost a third of the U.S. population and almost a third of the nation’s economic output. Collectively, they accounted for 45 percent of states’ total projected budget gaps for fiscal year 2011.

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