New Fiscal Year Brings Further Budget Cuts to Most States, Slowing Economic Recovery

Michael Leachman, Erica Williams, and Nicholas Johnson
June 29, 2011

States have enacted deep cuts in education, health care, and other important public services in their budgets for fiscal year 2012 (which begins July 1 in most states). It is the fourth year in a row of budget-cutting for states, and the 2012 cuts are deeper than in past years. Of the 32 states that have enacted budgets, as least 24 are imposing significant cuts. These cuts will delay the nation’s economic recovery and undermine efforts to create jobs.