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Look to can-do governors for ideas on jobs and economy

In November, 37 states will elect governors, and there's really only one issue that will sway voters' choices: how to boost jobs with economic growth.

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At the summer meeting of the National Governors Association in Boston this past weekend, Republicans and Democrats alike implored Congress to pass stalled jobs legislation that includes billions of dollars in aid to the states.

It’s understandable, this looking to Washington to tide over state budgets until the economy picks up more steam.

Because of state constitutions that require balanced budgets, governors and legislatures across the country have had to make brutal cuts and raise taxes. The states want all the help they can get. In November, 37 states will elect governors, and there’s really only one issue that will sway voters’ choices: the economy.

And yet, it is the states themselves that so often lead the way, from job creation to investments and reforms that will eventually lead to new jobs.

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