WASHINGTON -- State lawmakers anticipate more budget cuts next year, including aid to local governments, as revenue shortfalls and weak economic growth persist, according to a survey by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

"With revenue shortfalls probable and tax increases largely foreclosed, many lawmakers may find budget-cutting to be their first task," says a report describing the annual survey that was released yesterday by the group. "The first candidate for targeted cutbacks is aid to local government, at it has been in previous years," the report says.

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