I thought this would be an interesting topic. My state operates under a balanced budget amendment, which is good, as we don't borrow and raise taxes to continue to finance government. They are forced by law to cut and tighten their belts, something the federal government needs to learn. In my city, we stopped running the street lights at night which were costing 200 to 250 million a year to run. We have also stopped watering the city parks. What has your state and communities done to save money during this recession???