Probably Connecticut. But for now, consider New York, which is facing a $10 billion deficit and has politicians absolutely refusing to cut salaries or state employee payrolls.
[Senator] Kruger, a Brooklyn Democrat who is the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has amassed a campaign war chest of $2.1 million, in part because of generous contributions from his labor union allies.
Despite a deficit of more than $3 billion, Mr. Kruger has threatened to block any significant cuts to health care and education, the biggest spending areas in the budget. He has presented his own budget plan, which has startled even Albany veterans for its reliance on one-time maneuvers and financial gimmickry.
The governor and lawmakers have clashed over spending before. But recent events have created a new urgency and, in the view of Mr. Paterson and budget analysts, a desperate situation.
The state has lost 270,000 jobs since the start of the recession. The tax bounty from Wall Street has shrunk.
And spending just keeps soaring. New York now spends more than any other state on Medicaid, twice the national average per capita. It also spends the most on school aid, per student, than any other state.
This will be fascinating and awful to watch. The only way out of New York’s budget deficit, if spending cuts are ruled out, is to whack the towns and citizens and, of course, plead for more money from Washington. It’ll be a brutal combination and probably a model of what to expect next year here in Connecticut when our own financial games run out of steam. Whoo boy.