Oil- and gas-producing states, such as Alaska and Louisiana, have been pocketing a windfall. But stabilizing crude prices could mean falling revenues.
Double-digit hikes in drug spending and overall medical costs are socking it to budgets across the country; Texas and Ohio have been hard hit.
The slowdown could push many workers and their families back onto public assistance, particularly in hard-hit industrial states like Ohio and Wisconsin.
States with booming populations, such as Florida and Colorado, have little choice but to keep boosting spending on K-12 programs.