WASHINGTON — State finances are the worst they have been in decades and are expected to stay bleak for up to three more years, but states are not likely to change the amount of debt they sell unless they need to assist local issuers, Scott Pattison of the National Association of State Budget Officers, said yesterday.

Pattison made his remarks as the National Governors Association and NASBO issued a report yesterday that predicted that states’ rocky financial landscape could continue through 2012. The report also predicted tax and fee increases recommended in some governors’ fiscal 2010 budgets will generate an additional $23.9 billion to plug budget holes, substantially more than the $726 million of tax and fee increases that were recommended in fiscal 2009.

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