One year ago Camden, N.J., Mayor Dana Redd went through with massive layoffs, including slashing nearly half the city's police force. A year after the layoffs, life has not gotten easier in the crime-ridden city, leading some families to consider moving out.
California Gov. Jerry Brown gives his State of the State address Wednesday, and things aren't going well in the state financially speaking. Brown has already made huge cuts in government, and faces even more if voters do not back his tax increase ballot measure.
Republican candidates are actually spending less money on TV ads than they did four years ago. But outside groups have more than made up the difference. By one analysis, the average viewer in at least one South Carolina market will see political ads 182 times before Saturday's presidential primary.
The improved outlook comes at a painful cost: nearly 700,000 state and local government jobs lost, and significant cuts to education and other programs. And since a quarter of states' budgets come from federal funding, more problems are on the way. But the hope is that the days of crippling budget deficits are at an end.
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