Having spent 47 years in state and local government, I have a pretty good feel for impending fiscal year budget problems ("Apocalypse? Not now," Sept. 26). The very quietly issued projections for the next fiscal year for the state budget are concerning. That the state has already, also very quietly, issued a one month moratorium on new hires, from October 15th through November 15th, gives even greater concern. Usually, such steps are precursors to much more stringent budget restrictions in the ensuing fiscal year; including freezes on state hiring and scheduled pay raises and step increases for state employees. For the third straight year, the promised enhanced contributions to the state pension program look unlikely. The current administration has already drawn down state reserves in areas like the transportation fund, pension contributions, and environmental programs, and there is little such funding available to throw at any looming deficit. Questions arise regarding what services will be cut and from where state government will take money to cover a large deficit — education, the environment, state employee and teacher retirement plans, roads and highways?