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While Governor Verdant has been in office, the state’s budget has increased by an average of 6 percent each year. While the previous governor was in office, the state’s budget increased by an average of 11.5 percent each year. Obviously, the austere budgets during Governor Verdant’s term have caused the slowdown in the growth in state spending.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion drawn above?

(A) The rate of inflation in the state averaged 10 percent each year during the previous governor’s term in office and 3 percent each year during Verdant’s term.
(B) Both federal and state income tax rates have been lowered considerably during Verdant’s term in office.
(C) In each year of Verdant’s term in office, the state’s budget has shown some increase in spending over the previous year.
(D) During Verdant’s term in office, the state has either discontinued or begun to charge private citizens for numerous services that the state offered free to citizens during the previous governor’s term.
(E) During the previous governor’s term in office, the state introduced several so-called “austerityâ€
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I am going to go with A. Basically A is saying during Governor V's term the inflation was low compared to the previous governor and hence money was worth more. This weakens the conclusion that budget was resposible for the slowdown in state spending.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2005, 22:30
A is best........
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2006, 15:34
Go for A.
The inflation answers it
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The OA is 'A'!
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2006, 13:11
A is correct, the rest of them seem to strengthen the argument.
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