Beyond California: States in Fiscal Peril

Source: Daniel C. Vock, Pamela M. Prah, Stephen C. Fehr, Melissa Maynard, John Gramlich, Kimberly Leonard, PEW Center on the States, November 2009

From the summary:
California’s financial problems are in a league of their own. But the same pressures that drove the Golden State toward fiscal disaster are wreaking havoc in a number of states, with potentially damaging consequences for the entire country.

This examination by the Pew Center on the States looks closely at nine states, in addition to California, that are particularly affected by the recession. All of California’s neighbors-Arizona, Nevada and Oregon-and fellow Sun Belt state Florida were severely hit by the bursting housing bubble, landing them on Pew’s list of states facing fiscal difficulties similar to California’s. A Midwestern cluster of states comprising Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin emerged, too, as did the Northeastern states of New Jersey and Rhode Island.
See also:
Executive Summary
States to Watch
50-State Scorecard
Press Release

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