WASHINGTON - Financially beleaguered states will walk another budget tightrope next year, a report by the National Conference of State Legislatures concludes.

"States have enacted austere budgets that could easily come unglued if the economy falters further, or if federal mandates or other external forces drive health and welfare spending beyond budgeted levels," says the report.

Subscribe Now

Access to authoritative analysis and perspective and our data-driven report series.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.