Undeterred by a sluggish economy, some state governments are pumping more resources than ever into new technologies meant to improve services in schools and other municipalities, according to the latest survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government.

The 2002 "Digital State Survey," cosponsored by Government Technology magazine and the Progress and Freedom Foundation, ranked state governments nationwide for their use of technology to support services in such key municipal areas as education, taxation, and transportation.

According to the study, released Nov. 1, five states—Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, South Dakota, and


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