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Governors limited in economic fight

Working with few options, state leaders see approval ratings suffer as recession spreads

The tools Governor Deval L. Patrick may use to affect the economy tend to be unpopular. Most poll respondents are concerned state budget cuts would hurt schools, police, and fire services. The tools Governor Deval L. Patrick may use to affect the economy tend to be unpopular. Most poll respondents are concerned state budget cuts would hurt schools, police, and fire services. (George Rizer/Globe Staff/File 2008)
By Robert Gavin
Globe Staff / April 7, 2009

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Like many governors, Deval L. Patrick campaigned on the promise of economic growth and job creation. But now, in the midst of a historic national recession, Patrick and other governors are learning how little control they have over their state economies. (Full article: 937 words)

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