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# While Governor Verdant has been in office, the state s

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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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24 Apr 2010, 14:28
E IMO.
The so-called “austerity” introduced by the previous governor caused the slowdown.
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25 Apr 2010, 10:44
IMO E

Only option that weaken the conclusion. most others are out of scope
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25 Apr 2010, 11:40
IMO A.

If there is less inflation then there is no point of budget expansion.
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26 Apr 2010, 09:29
It is A.
I browsed through for the answer. OA is A.
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26 Apr 2010, 09:57
Can you give the explanation aswell why is it A
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26 Apr 2010, 11:23
it is (A)

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.

The conclusion is that during Governor Verdabt's term there has been slowdown in state spending.

What would weaken this conclusion....meaning we have to find an option which will prove that there was no slowdown in state spending during Governor Verdant's gterm

Option (A) says that the rate of inflation was 10% during previous governor and 3% during Verdant's term....means the actual spending during previous governor's term was 10 - 11.5 = 1.5% and the actual spending during Governor Verdant's term was 3 - 6 = 3%...which clearly shows that actually there has been increase in the actual state spending during Governor Verdant's term....thereby weakening the conclusion.

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