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States closed record $142.6 billion in gaps

States closed $142.6 billion in budget gaps for fiscal 2010 and could face more shortfalls in the next two budget years, according to a report released Monday (July 20). The National Conference of State Legislatures issued the report on state budgets and taxes as it opened its annual legislative summit in Philadelphia.

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GAO stimulus report shows no major issues for Arizona

Questions over whether Arizona was jeopardizing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal stimulus money were alleviated when the Legislature approved several new budget measures, and a federal report issued days later showed the state has had no major problems complying with the stimulus act.

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The cost of AZ’s budget crisis: 1,450 full-time state workers (access required)

Arizona's budget calamity cost at least 1,450 state workers their jobs last fiscal year, but the shedding of public employees is minor compared to losses endured by the private sector in Arizona. An analysis conducted by the Arizona Capitol Times shows the state trimmed roughly 4 percent of its full-time staff from July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2009. The state now employs 33,236 full-time workers.

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