Monday, December 07, 2009

Negative stimulus on its way

estimates for budget shortfalls at the state level come to $145 billion to $178 billion in the fiscal year that ends next June. Budget gaps like that, on top of already drastic spending cuts in 2008 and 2009, will produce deep cutbacks in spending on everything from road and school construction to employment of police, firefighters, teachers and state park workers. The same survey that showed 44% of contractors anticipating more layoffs also showed that 76% expect state transportation departments to put less work out for bid in 2010 than in 2009.

"The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place, we are entering a period of consequences." - Winston Churchill, The Gathering Storm

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