The Budget Arc: State Spending From Expansion To Recession, 2003-2013

Source: Washington Research Council. Policy Brief, PB 11-21, November 8, 2011

State budget history over the last 10 years can be divided into two periods–rapid growth followed by retrenchment. Many of the policy enhancements made be-tween 2006 and 2008 ended up on the cutting table in 2009, 2010 and 2011, because they simply couldn’t be paid for.

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