My curiosity hit again this afternoon after looking at the numbers on state budget deficits presented by the Center on Budget and Policy PrioritiesÂ http://www.cbpp.org/9-8-08sfp.htm.

I put these numbers in the spreadsheet I put together for my last post and looked at these numbers in the context of the presidential election results. Â Of the 37 states with budget deficits, 25 of them were blue and the remaining 12 were red. Â Of the 13 states that are running budget surpluses, 3 are blue and 10 are red. Â So, 90% of blue states are “in the red,” while only 55% of the red states are coming up short.

Unfortunately, that page doesn’t include the amounts of the surpluses… Â numbers which I’m sure would be telling.

I would like to see the total dollar comparison. As it stands, a state that is short 10 million counts the same as a state that is short 10 billion. However, I don’t seem to have as much free time as you do…