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Nine Ways States Are Trying to Get Blood From a Stone


Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Stop us if you've heard this one before.

The states are broke -- just about all of them, actually. And with warnings that the state of California could be out of cash by July 28 -- and New York staring at a deficit in excess of $16 billion -- the race is on to find a way to either cut costs or generate more revenue without increasing taxes.

Of course, most of these ideas have only been so creative. We are talking about politicians, after all.

But the need for new ideas may never have been greater -- so some states are actually thinking outside the box. Here's a look at some of the most novel plans to get blood from a stone.

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