Federal Stimulus Funds Likely To Run Out Long Before State Income And Sales Tax Collections Reach Pre-Recession Levels

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State Net Capitol Journal's Lou Cannon reports that federal stimulus funds are likely to run out long before state income and sales tax collections reach pre-recession levels.

The federal stimulus has arguably been a godsend to states hit hard by the Great Recession. But with the national economic recovery coming along slower than hoped for, State Net Capitol Journal's Lou Cannon reports that cash-strapped states may be looking to Washington for help for a long time.

Cannon notes that the impending decline in federal dollars is just the latest round in what has been "an epic struggle to maintain a constant level of social services during a recession that has sent state revenues from sales, income and business taxes plummeting to their lowest levels since the Depression."

With the national health care reform debate pushing everything else to the side, Cannon says, it is easy to forget that most states budgets are still in dire straits. "But the Recovery Act, reminiscent of similar initiatives undertaken during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, remains a big deal to the unemployed, to the working poor, to homeowners under water on their mortgages, and to small business owners of every description who are struggling to make ends meet," he says.

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References: Cannon, Lou. (2010, March 20, 2010). "Will stimulus expire before economic recovery arrives?"

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