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Spending Grew Fast But Still Lags Others

The old friend of the family was expecting a visit from Aaron, a young man she had not seen since moving away many years ago.

Her memories were of a 5-year-old tyke barely 3½ -feet tall. Twenty years later, he had grown into manhood. She knew that of course, but as he strode through the door she still couldn’t help but exclaim, “My, how big you have grown!”

Indeed, Aaron had filled out from the skin and bones of his boyhood, to the point of him being concerned about his waistline. But the fuss about his size caught him by surprise. By most any standard, he couldn’t be considered big. He always had been something of a peewee and, despite his growth, he was still dwarfed by his friends and colleagues.

So it is with Arizona’s state budget.

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from Arizona State Spending: The Big Or Small Of It, March 10, 2011

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