Those Cuts: How Deep is Deep?

No one knows, though some programs are fatter than others

For state and local officials across the nation, Oct. 1 is Dday: this is when $35 billion in budget cuts passed by Congress last July go into effect. Figuring out just who will be hurt-and how badly-by the slashes remains a baffling task for many states. Congress has yet to agree on exactly how much will be trimmed from specific programs, and the Administration so far has offered only sketchy guidelines on how the funds must be spent.

One key question is just how harshly...

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