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Re: austere budgets [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2011, 19:36
yup, in a simple thinking, A is correct. If we look back the critical reason, about the growth average, they didn't focus on the growth figures ( 6% and 11.5%) that include or exclude an basic inflation rate.
So, I also pending between A and B
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Re: austere budgets [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2011, 21:36
Question Type: Weaken

Argument says:
Drop in annual budget means drop in city spending.

A. things were more expensive in the previous governor's term than are now. [Weaken]
B. Both Federal and State taxes have been lowered. IRRELEVANT. discussion revolves around drop annual budget and State spending.
C. each year budget was greater than the last year. IRRELEVANT. We are interested in average annual budget rather than each year budget.
D. Charges were introduced or discontinued for numerous services. IRRELEVANT. We are interested in annual budget as whole, we are not interested in cluster of services. May be those services were not expensive.
E.what old governor did to reduce spending is IRRELEVANT. We are interested in how current governor's annual budget relates with spending of the city.
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Re: austere budgets [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2011, 11:32
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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 “austerity” budgets intended to reduce the growth in state spending.

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i think the answer is d which looks more logical and clear
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Re: While Governor Verdant has been in office, the state s [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2012, 14:11
I didn't know what austere meant. Confused me quite a bit. Oh well.
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Re: While Governor Verdant has been in office, the state s [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 02:35
IMO all options are wrong.
A argument does not talk about inflation. out of scope
B Argument does not talk about tax rate. out scope
C break up category : tells more about increase in budget (6% )
D Charging private citizen is out of scope
E although the term "austerity" was introduced during privious gov, The conclusion of argument states that austerity budget during current gov cause slow down. does not weakens the conclusion

IMO This is not GMAT like CR
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Re: While Governor Verdant has been in office, the state s [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2013, 14:59
I considered A and E. Finally I picked E and got the question wrong. I did some researches and see there are many people on the same boat with me. Because we think former governor's policies (austerity budgets) will affect the growth rate in the current governor term. However the reference is too far. Answer A shows a more direct reason. Very good question, thanks so much.
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Re: austere budgets [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2014, 05:11
rajeshaaidu wrote:
karlsyf wrote:
I think the answer is A, reasoning below.

Budget is equivalent to spending, i.e. output.

Argument is a lack of spending has caused economic slowdown under Governor Verdant.
argument, but they haven't.
E) concerns the cause of austere budgets, not their effect, not relevant.

Answer is A) real spending increase under Verdant is 6% - 3% = 3%, real spending increase under previous governer is 11.5% - 10% = 1.5%

Clearly Verdant spends more in real terms, and therefore is not more austere.


Agree with answer and explanation!!!


please note that more percentage does not equal greater number!
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