Last I checked every single state in the union has a budget deficit. Politicians say the answer is taxing and fees, we the people say cut costs. Cutting pork should be a no-brainer, but the single biggest expense to the States that NEVER gets discussed are THE Pensions! Back in the 60-70s, business used pensions plans to provide for their retirees. It was a failed concept and private businesses slowly and but surely dropped them. I think less than 1% of the private businesses use pensions now. In fact the biggest, UNSPOKEN, reason GM and Chrysler went under was because of their unsustainable pension plans. So private business wised up, SO WHY THE HELL DO WE NOT EXPECT GOVERNMENT TO DO IT? We pay the salaries, but they dictate the terms. That never happens in the REAL WORLD! I guarantee if States go the way private businesses have gone (which is 401k plans), then most states could lower taxes and STILL balance their budget!