Issue Brief

No. 783

Running on Empty: The State Budget Crisis Worsens
September 25, 2002


Randy A. Desonia


This issue brief reviews the status of state budget shortfalls and their growing impact on the Medicaid program. It describes the magnitude of the shortfalls, the forces behind them, and how states have responded with spending cuts and tax increases. It also discusses how long the budget crisis is expected to continue and what budget balancing options remain for fiscal year 2003.

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