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NECN.com | January 23, 2013 (NECN) – Wednesday morning’s Green Line fire wasn’t just an inconvenience for MBTA riders – it was also an opportunity for Mass. Governor Deval Patrick to make a point about his new budget. The budget includes more than $1 billion in new transportation spending, some of which would be used […]

Will 2012 be the year for economic optimists?

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January 01, 2012 | The Boston Globe

By Jay Fitzgerald

The economic optimists have to get it right one of these days. Will this be the year?

With the nation struggling with a subpar recovery, the outlook for 2012 remains muddled. There’s still plenty to worry about, but also hopeful signs.

On the dark side, there’s the European debt crisis, and a jobless rate that is still historically high. The housing market remains in a funk. Crude oil prices are moving upward again.

“There’s not much to look forward to in 2012,’’ said Alan Clayton-Matthews, an economist at Northeastern University in Boston. “It’s going to be slow growth for the year, I fear.’’

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