States mired in budget paralysis defy eight-year recovery

SEVERAL STATES AROUND the country failed to pass budgets by the July 1 fiscal deadline this year. /BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/SCOTT EELLS
SEVERAL STATES AROUND the country failed to pass budgets by the July 1 fiscal deadline this year. /BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/SCOTT EELLS
NEW YORK - Were it not for Illinois’s flirtation with a junk credit downgrade and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s luxuriating on a closed public beach, the budget woes of United States states might have assumed their annual spot in the dust bin of public-policy history. This year, spending strife is unusually widespread, with 11…

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