MOST STATES ARE CUTTING EDUCATION

Source: Nicholas Johnson, Elizabeth Hudgins, and Jeremy Koulish, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, December 23, 2008

Twenty-seven states have cut education because they face massive, devastating budget deficits in this recession.

The combination of rising unemployment, declining consumer spending, declining asset values, and foreclosures has led to declining state revenues. And the number of people in poverty is growing, adding costs to state budgets for programs such as Medicaid and social services.

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