It’s a tough time economically. Unemployment remains high, which means states face seemingly never ending shortfalls in revenue. The showdown between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill over how to deal with the massive federal deficit continues. Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives recently set spending limits for the Appropriations subcommittee on labor, health and human services, and education at nearly $42 billion less than President Obama proposed in his fiscal year 2012 budget requests.

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