New York State government must change its financial practices, a state budget task force said Tuesday.

While the state reports adoption of a balanced budget each year, the reality is that New York has relied on gimmicks and one-shot actions to achieve the apparent balance for years, task force members said. As long as expenditures are growing faster than revenues are, as has been the case in recent years, "we are on an unsustainable course," said Richard Ravitch, co-chair of the national State Budget Crisis Task Force.

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