Federal 'fiscal cliff' stalemate spurs anxiety in states

Monday, December 10, 2012 | 5:35 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — A plunge over the federal "fiscal cliff" may sound like a terrifying risk for many state officials anxiously watching as Washington struggles to avert automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to start with the new year. Yet their greatest angst may stem not from the potential loss of billions of dollars, but the confusion surrounding it all.