WASHINGTON — Despite their expectations that the worst could be over for state finances, three groups warned yesterday that budget gaps,  revenue shortfalls, and spending constraints are likely to continue this fiscal year and next.

The fiscal year that is currently coming to a close for most states has been the most difficult since the Great Depression, according to a biennial survey released today by the National Association of State Budget Officers and the National Governors Association. The survey said the recession’s ability to chip away at tax revenue from every source will endure throughout fiscal 2011 and 2012. Fiscal 2011 begins July 1 for most states.

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