There are many factors that go into staffing decisions -- some of which fail to take agencies' actual workloads into account.
Americans continue to spend more on almost everything, but money habits vary widely across the states.
Real GDP increased in most regions last year, but many have experienced little to no growth since 2007.
New Census data shows some cities have a lot of residents who consume more public services than they contribute in taxes. That can cause fiscal problems down the road.