The nation's weak economy has landed some big states in a desperate struggle to balance their budgets before July 1 when their new fiscal years begin, reports USA Today--a development that threatens funding for education and other services. Arizona, California, New Jersey, Nevada, and Pennsylvania are among states that must slash spending or raise taxes to straighten out their finances. Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons, a Republican, plans to call a special session of the Legislature next week to find a last-minute solution to a budget shortfall approaching $1 billion. Nationally, state and local government revenue rose 3.5 percent in the


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