Stated Reasoning

State governments have been getting a lot more scrutiny lately for one reason:  they’re not doing too well.  California has become the best known example, but Ohio, New York, and Illinois lead the list of big state governments that suddenly went from obscure to major crises.  The problem with that statement is at both ends – how a Depression wrecks a state budget is obvious, but the relative obscurity of this branch of government is where the real problem lies. Very few people know just what states do anymore.

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