As economic times worsen, many states are making drastic cuts to their budgets, especially in regards to social services. President Obama’s stimulus package, estimated at $787 billion, is helping to shoulder some of the burden states face financially. However, only 40% of the losses in state revenues will be compensated.
States that are being effected the most include Arizona, Ohio, and California. The major concern is that while budgets are being cut now to compensate for the economy, the services that end as a result will cost states more in the long run. Some argue that state budgets should be cut back more, while others stress that limiting state expenses even more would be detrimental.
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