WASHINGTON - Prompted by the national economic downturn and sagging state revenue growth for fiscal 2008, more than 20 states face fiscal 2009 budget gaps that collectively exceed $26 billion, according to a report from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

States also face the problem of keeping fiscal 2008 budgets afloat on top of dealing with those growing fiscal 2009 gaps, according to the bleak report, "State Budget Update: April 2008," which the NCSL released Friday.

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