According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the current downturn is tougher than the last recession on state budgets:
source: CBPP, "State Budget Troubles Worsen"
So which states are taking the biggest hits (as a percentage of total budget)? And what else do many of them have in common?:
source: NOfP chart, via CBPP, "State Budget Troubles Worsen" (numbers), Wikipedia (votes)
Notes: Oregon's budget is a two-year estimate; Wikipedia's color classification is based on "the average margins of victory in the last five presidential elections"; and Alaska's current shortfall has been absorbed by that state's $7 billion long-term budget surplus.
Prior classification of state finances here. See also WILLisms.
Assistant Village Idiot's suggested "bumpah stickah": "New Hampshire: Gone Blue. Gone Broke."
(via Moonbattery, via ABC News)