State Budget Deficits
I put together a chart listing the states with anticipated budget deficits for Fiscal Year 2010. The list is not complete, as the data from some states was simply not available. Nevertheless, it gives you an idea of which states have the highest anticipated budget shortfalls and ranks them in descending order. In other words, those with the largest percentage of FY-2009 shortfall are on top. Those with the smallest percentage of anticipated shortfall are at the bottom. The data comes from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
I have also indicated whether the listed state was a red state or a blue state as per the 2008 Presidential election. Now, there are many reasons why a state could have an anticipated budget deficit, and I am not suggesting that any definitive conclusions can be drawn from this chart. However, I did find it interesting that blue states had a tendency to be at the top of the chart, while red states tended to be at the bottom.
For what it's worth...