February 26, 2009. The National Association of County Administrators asked FPI’s Frank Mauro and James Parrott to write the lead article for The Journal of County Administration, December 2008/February 2009. The article stresses that while the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides a significant lifeline to the states at a critical point in time, it will not completely eliminate the need for some painful budget balancing actions by state and local governments. The key challenge for the states is finding the mix of spending cuts and/or tax increases that will do the least harm to the state’s economy. Journal issue >>