States face tough budget decisions -

States face tough budget decisions

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new report says state lawmakers around the country may have to cut more state services in coming years despite the recession's end.
   The report says states will have to deal with dwindling help from the federal government as well as a slow recovery in tax revenue.
   States will spend about $43 billion in economic stimulus money during the current fiscal year ending June 30.
   After that, they'll probably have to get by with less federal help.
   To deal with a sharp decline in tax revenue, most states have undertaken a series of program cuts and tax increases to balance budgets. Of the states that made midyear 2010 budget cuts, 35 reduced spending on elementary and secondary education, and 32 lowered spending on higher education.
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