Budget Shortfall Will Narrow Government’s Focus

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The Legislature is in full swing at the state Capitol and committee work has been moving rapidly during the last three weeks, butthe major topic of discussion among policymakers and the media has been the budget “shortfall” lawmakers are facing this year. On Tuesday, the State Board of Equalization certified $6.6 billion in revenueavailable for Fiscal Year 2016 , which means the Legislature has approximately $611 million less to appropriate this year than it did last year.

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