GAO: Without Action, States' Fiscal Position Will Worsen Through 2060

To prevent deficits, states and localities would have to reduce expenditures or increase revenues by about 12.5 percent.
by | April 13, 2011

A new report from the Government Accountability Office offers a stark warning to state and local governments: Absent policy changes, their financial situation will continue to decline and they'll face deficits for at least 50 years.

Though the projection is dire, it's unlikely to actually happen, as most state and local governments are required to balance their budgets. But the report does serve to underscore the size of the fiscal hurdles facing state and local governments.

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