Nicholas Johnson

Director of State Fiscal Projects, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

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Director of State Fiscal Projects with the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC

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The recession is wreaking havoc with state governments all over the country by vastly reducing the revenues they depend on from taxes on property, sales and income.  Last night,…

Will the Recession Push State Governments to Shut Down?

The recession is wreaking havoc with state governments all over the country by vastly reducing the revenues they depend on from taxes on property, sales and income.  Last night,…

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States all over the country are losing revenue.

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States all over the country are losing revenue.

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