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Kansas has company in its budget misery

Kansas isn't the only state facing large budget shortfalls. Thirty-five states and Puerto Rico project a cumulative budget gap of $55.5 billion next fiscal year, according to a new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures. And the shortfalls are expected to continue the year after that. "The longest economic downturn in decades appears to be well-entrenched and is manifesting itself in multiyear budget shortfalls," NCSL reported, adding that it is hard to see when the shortfalls will end.

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