Americans may have opted for change in the White House, but in statehouses across the country, politicians and bureaucrats are trying to figure out how to manage the most drastic presidential transition in recent history.
"Uncertainty is part and parcel of every transition," said John Hicks, executive director of the National Association of State Budget Officers, "but I would say this one is a bit different because of the scope and the scale of some of the things being discussed are larger than we've seen in recent years."
Hicks says 47 states are working on their budgets for the fiscal year that begins in mid-2017 (Kentucky, Virginia and Wyoming are in the middle of two-year budget cycles).
About all they can do is to base their budgets on current federal policies, with the knowledge that they will have to make adjustments soon.
In the state with the largest budget, California, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday unveiled a hold-the-line $122.5 billion proposal that he called the most difficult budget in years. He warned of a potential $2 billion shortfall that could worsen, depending on what comes out of Washington.
"There are too many uncertainties that could put a massive hole in our budget expectations, so that's just another argument to be prudent," he told reporters.