The horizon continues to appear gloomy for state and local governments heading into 2010, with two reports by Fitch Ratings and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government this week predicting another year of crunched state and local finances.

The upcoming expiration date for most muni-bolstering programs that were ­created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will contribute to the pressure on states and localities, one ­report said.

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