The Fiscal Crisis of the States

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406 pp., 6 x 9
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ISBN: 9780878405756 (0878405755)


April 1995
LC: 94-32275

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The Fiscal Crisis of the States
Lessons for the Future
Steven D. Gold, Editor
As the federal government has cut back its support for domestic services, state governments increasingly have been forced to assume a leadership position. In this book, prominent experts describe and analyze how state governments in the 1990s have coped with fiscal stress through changes in tax and spending policies, as well as through attempts to "reinvent government" by abandoning long-established policies.

In an era when state budgets verge on the brink of deficit, state governments face the difficult task of reconciling the public's wish for low taxes with its desire for increased services—better schools, improved health systems, more prisons. This volume provides both a comparative overview of the fifty states as they try to meet conflicting needs and incisive case studies of six states with a reputation for being national leaders—California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Minnesota. It explores how much substance there is to claims that states were successful in developing innovative policies.

The Fiscal Crisis of the States draws upon research to analyze what is really happening in the state capitols. Boiling down the diverse experiences of various states into a number of important lessons, this book will be a valuable resource for academics, policymakers, and public administrators, as well as the general reader, to understand the reality of state fiscal policies.
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"The good news is that Steven Gold knows more about the states than many governors do; the bad news is that Steven Gold knows more about the states than many governors do. Either way, Steven Gold may be our greatest authority on one of the most important areas of American politics."—David M. Shribman, Washington bureau chief, The Boston Globe