The state's lawmakers have until the end of the week to pass a budget -- something they haven't been able to do in years. If they don't, the consequences are dire.
Governors and legislatures are keeping spending growth at its lowest level since the recession to make sure they're prepared for the next one.
While it seems far-fetched, the danger is real for small governments.
The city is on the brink of making a speedy turnaround. Many worry that the tough financial decisions it took to get there could reverse some of its political progress.