Budget surpluses spur tension in some GOP states

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Associated Press

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 15 at 5:03 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In recent years, the recession provided Republicans in many state capitols a long-coveted opportunity to cut government spending and services. Now that tax revenues are improving, those lawmakers face a new predicament — save the surplus for the future, or spend it to replenish programs that have been cut or neglected?

Revenues this year are meeting or exceeding expectations in most states. A growing number now have surpluses.

That's created tension in some state capitols, where Republican won majorities on a platform of smaller government and less spending. Some of those lawmakers want to use surplus revenues to fortify rainy day funds while others want to spend extra money on neglected buildings, roads or schools.

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