Pain, but no gain: local governments face budget doom

Thursday, July 29, 2010
By Paul Martin

By Darius Dale
MoneyCNN.com
July 28, 2010

State and local governments are facing a vicious cycle thanks to our financial crisis. Since home prices haven’t really recovered, tax revenues are down. Since tax revenues are down, governments are cutting jobs, which means cutting services to homeowners. That means governments are spending less money in their communities, and employing less people, perpetuating the decline in property values that caused tax revenues to decrease in the first place.

Indeed, the first sentence of the executive summary of the latest National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) Fiscal Survey of State Budgets reads: “Fiscal 2010 presented the most difficult challenge for States’ financial management since the Great Depression and fiscal 2011 is expected to present states with similar challenges.”

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