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S&P expects lower 2013 growth for US state and local govts

Oct 9 (Reuters) - Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said onTuesday it expected state and local governments in the UnitedStates to grow less in 2013 than previously forecast.

Cuts in public sector workforces as well as a focus byfamilies on fixing their budgets instead of spending are keyfactors in the reduced growth expectations, S&P said in areport.

(Reporting by Hilary Russ; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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