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Subject: State Budgets Improving, But Growth Still Below Historic Rates
Date: Wed Dec 11 13:18:27 MST 2013
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December 11, 2013
 

State Budgets Improving, But Growth Still Below Historic Rates

When adjusting for inflation, state spending and revenue are both below their pre-recession peaks, according to the latest report from the National Association of State Budget Officers.

 

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