These are tough times for governments.

Well, for governments that can’t print money, that is. While at the Federal government level there are some, shall we say, creative solutions to financial problems, state governments around the U.S. don’t have so many options. States have to balance their budgets and increasingly need to be innovative with how they tackle budget shortfalls around various costs ranging from security, prisons, and law enforcement to health, housing, education, and other human services.

And the challenges are not subsiding. With people around the country running out of their 99 weeks of unemployment there is more need for innovation on the part of state and local governments to help an increasingly dejected populace than ever before.

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