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This is a very good question indeed. Tests the parallelism b/w verb-ed modifiers and verb-ing modifiers.
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WE realize that choices b,c,d and e are wrong for parallelism problem. I want to talk about choic A.

"one" in choice A must refer to a noun in the main clause. This noun can be far from "one" or can touch "one". we have to find out that logic noun

which noun can be the logic noun for "one"?

anwering this question is playing the logic game, which gmat wants us to do. doing so is the main focus of sc on gmat.

honestly, I can not find the logic noun to which "one" refers

if we can not find out that noun, we have to admit that this question is not good.
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The state’s three problem areas have seen a gradual decrease in severity, one curtailed by an expanded police budget, increasing wages in rural towns, and improved monitoring by federal workers.

I guess here "one" is doing the listing jog.
Three problem areas..............One curtailed by X,Y, and Z.......Two....By....S,T and U.........., and Three ...By.....
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First of all - to discard D and E - curtailed can't modify severity. Because it is the past participial use of modifier after a comma.

Now once D and E are discarded the rest hinges on identifying the parallel structure.
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I think "one" refers to one of the three problems. "Curtailed...............federal workers" explains how the severity got reduced.
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