WASHINGTON - States are facing one of the worst fiscal periods in decades, the National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers warned in a joint report issued yesterday.

Fiscal conditions have deteriorated for nearly every state during fiscal 2009 and are expected to remain weak in 2010 and possibly even 2011 and 2012 because they typically would lag behind any national economic recovery, the two groups said in their biannual Fiscal Survey of States.

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