Seems that everybody is watching their budgets these days. The finance sector the retail sector dining establishments, auto dealerships, In fact, pretty much every sector of the US economy is taking a good hard look at their budgets and trimming things, focusing on spending wisely except one. STATE GOVERNMENTS Seems that almost every state government is increasing it's spending/budget. You think they are counting on the feds to bail them out? It seems that the states think the Federal government is some sort of Rumpelstiltskin that can spin gold out of straw and rescue them.