State budget cuts: across the board, and at cross-purposes
Almost every state has suffered budget shortfalls in the wake of the 2008 recession. How states have coped with cuts is varied and of varied effectiveness.
Discuss: Why do states find it difficult to adopt effective budget cutting strategies?
Why are some states more successful than others in dealing with budget problems?
Will these cuts be restored once the economy recovers or are they likely to result in permanent reductions?
Which budget areas of state government are "easy" to cut and which are "hard"? Why?
Why don't they just cut "waste, fraud and abuse" to solve the budget difficulties?