While all politics may indeed be local, all recessions are not.
The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-profit Washington D.C. budget and policy think tank that pays special attention to state finances, has just released a report on states' fiscal pictures and the portrait remains dark and gloomy.
Only Montana and North Dakota, states bouyed by mineral-rich economies, have avoided fiscal distress.
The combined budget gap in the states for FY 10 and FY 11 is in the neighborhood of $350 billion. Federal stimulus funds of about $140 billion will offset this gap by about 40 percent, but the stimulus money will run out at the time when the gaps between revenues and expenditures are growing wider, in FY11.