WASHINGTON — Higher revenue collections have boosted the short-term outlook for states but the slow economic recovery and stubbornly high unemployment have many states worried that the fiscal improvements may be temporary.

The Spring 2013 version of the Fiscal Survey of the States, released Thursday by the National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers shows that "fiscal distress is finally beginning to subside for most states" but says they are challenged with providing resources in critical areas.

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