Infographic: State Cuts in Funding to Localities, Fiscal Year 2012
In fiscal terms, this has been the year local governments have feared ever since the Great Recession began — the year states voted for drastic cutbacks in the aid they provide to cities, counties and townships. Many of these local governments already had begun reductions several years ago; the loss of state money has forced many of them into making some of the cuts they least wanted to make: to schools, health care, social services, parks and recreation, and even police and fire protection.
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