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State Budget Deficits Unite Illinois and New Jersey

The Jersey Shore may seem a million miles away. But according to one local pundit, the Garden and Prairie States have a lot more in common than first meets the eye.

Illinois' budget deficit for next year is estimated at $13 billion. New Jersey faces a potential $11 billion in the red. But governors in each state are expected to take different approaches to balancing their budget. Rich Miller publishes the blog Capitol Fax, where he's written about the similarities between the budget crises facing Illinois and New Jersey.

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