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States of Transition

As the elections of 2002 demonstrated, nothing in state government—as in life—is certain. The largest number of new governors in nearly 50 years—24—have taken office in 2003. This change in government is often referred to as the “transition” process. Staffs at many state agencies across the country are busy putting together transition documents for the new administrations that outline the programs and services they will implement for the citizens of the state. In addition to the transition process itself, most states are experiencing rising deficits and governors are forced to focus on balancing already strained budgets. Due to this issue, many governors will be evaluating current services and programs that the state offers its citizens and will need to make difficult decisions regarding cutting services or raising taxes. Transitions do not always happen in a smooth manner and many times the evaluation of current programs produces anxiety in the minds…Log In to Read Full Article

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