States in Stress

Source: Andrea Orr, Economic Policy Institute, November 23, 2009

State and local governments are turning to desperate measures to fill massive budget shortfalls. The University of California’s Board of Regents has voted to raise undergraduate tuition by 32%. Arizona has considered selling its capitol building. The mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is proposing a tax on college tuition. And many school districts around the country have floated the idea of squeezing more lessons into fewer days to save on power bills.

All of this, at a time that many economists say the Great Recession is over.

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