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While Governor Verdant has been in office, the stateâ€™s budget has increased by an average of 6 percent each year. While the previous governor was in office, the stateâ€™s budget increased by an average of 11.5 percent each year. Obviously, the austere budgets during Governor Verdantâ€™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 governorâ€™s term in office and 3 percent each year during Verdantâ€™s term.
(B) Both federal and state income tax rates have been lowered considerably during Verdantâ€™s term in office.
(C) In each year of Verdantâ€™s term in office, the stateâ€™s budget has shown some increase in spending over the previous year.
(D) During Verdantâ€™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 governorâ€™s term.
(E) During the previous governorâ€™s term in office, the state introduced several so-called â€œausterityâ€
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17 Dec 2006, 10:52
OA is E...
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18 Dec 2006, 20:14
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18 Dec 2006, 20:22
I toowent for A.

What does E mean? I am confused
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18 Dec 2006, 20:55
My guess to why OA is E is the following:

The conclusion blames the slowdown in state spending in Verdant's term to Verdant's austere budgets.

But E states that it was the previous governer that implemented austere budgets with the sole intention of slowing state spending. So it was his policy that lead to slowing state spending and therefore weakens the conclusion

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[quote="mm007"]While Governor Verdant has been in office, the stateâ€™s budget has increased by an average of 6 percent each year. While the previous governor was in office, the stateâ€™s budget increased by an average of 11.5 percent each year. Obviously, the austere budgets during Governor Verdantâ€™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 governorâ€™s term in office and 3 percent each year during Verdantâ€™s term.
(B) Both federal and state income tax rates have been lowered considerably during Verdantâ€™s term in office.
(C) In each year of Verdantâ€™s term in office, the stateâ€™s budget has shown some increase in spending over the previous year.
(D) During Verdantâ€™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 governorâ€™s term.
(E) During the previous governorâ€™s term in office, the state introduced several so-called â€œausterityâ€
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19 Dec 2006, 22:06
[quote="loki"]My guess to why OA is E is the following:

The conclusion blames the slowdown in state spending in Verdant's term to Verdant's austere budgets.

But E states that it was the previous governer that implemented austere budgets with the sole intention of slowing state spending. So it was his policy that lead to slowing state spending and therefore weakens the conclusion

What do you guys think????

[quote="mm007"]While Governor Verdant has been in office, the stateâ€™s budget has increased by an average of 6 percent each year. While the previous governor was in office, the stateâ€™s budget increased by an average of 11.5 percent each year. Obviously, the austere budgets during Governor Verdantâ€™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 governorâ€™s term in office and 3 percent each year during Verdantâ€™s term.
(B) Both federal and state income tax rates have been lowered considerably during Verdantâ€™s term in office.
(C) In each year of Verdantâ€™s term in office, the stateâ€™s budget has shown some increase in spending over the previous year.
(D) During Verdantâ€™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 governorâ€™s term.
(E) During the previous governorâ€™s term in office, the state introduced several so-called â€œausterityâ€
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20 Dec 2006, 17:48
While Governor Verdant has been in office, the stateâ€™s budget has increased by an average of 6 percent each year. While the previous governor was in office, the stateâ€™s budget increased by an average of 11.5 percent each year. Obviously, the austere budgets during Governor Verdantâ€™s term have caused the slowdown in the growth in state spending.

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(B) income tax rate ? too broad .. out of scope
(C) the stimulous says nothing about the relationship between the budget and spendings
(D) citizens and services ? too broad .. out of scope

Now, picking between A and E
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(A) The rate of inflation in the state averaged 10 percent each year during the previous governorâ€™s term in office and 3 percent each year during Verdantâ€™s term.

There is high possibility that the rate of inflation is out of the scope. We're not sure whether the rate of inflation would justify the change in the budget.

[i](E) During the previous governorâ€™s term in office, the state introduced several so-called â€œausterityâ€
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29 Dec 2006, 10:41
mm007 wrote:
OA is E...

This question has been discussed many times and OA given has been A. A is given as OA in CR1000 as well.

mm007, can you verify the source? I guessed E on this question so I am curious.
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31 Dec 2006, 16:03
IÂ´d say A is more relevant to the stem than E. While the previous governorÂ´s budget increased by 11.5%, inflation averaged 10%. VerdantÂ´s budget has increased by 6%, inflation averaging 3%. That is, adjusted to inflation, VerdantÂ´s budgets increase at a higher rate than the previous governorÂ´s => Verdant is less austere => A does weaken the conclusion.
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01 Jan 2007, 01:57
I don't quite get why it's E.

My pick would have been A for the same reasons given by Andr359.
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