In as much as the governors in the states with huge deficits are attempting to drag their budgets back into reality, there is one more historic hurdle.
Even if you get concessions from public labor unions and keep the benefits and retirement they currently have viable for the next decade and beyond, each state still has activist courts which have in the past attempted to control education spending through education funding mandates. In our state that would be the Claremont Case.
If I was a governor of a state with a deficit and had any hope of success through a painful give and take with public employee unions I would at the same time address the courts.
Propose a bill to make judges elected, subject to short term limits, or removable.
If not, they will raise their ugly tax and spend heads again in solidarity with their pro-big government pals.