The Mass­a­chu­setts economy wasn’t in great shape during the early aughts. As Mitt Romney’s oppo­nents like to point out, the Bay State ranked 47th out of 50 states in terms of job cre­ation from 2003 to 2007. It was only one of two states to have no growth in its res­i­dent labor force between 2002 and 2006. But as Mitt Romney is quick to note, it sur­vived its eco­nomic crisis -€” and even saw its credit rating improve -€” through a com­bi­na­tion of higher taxes and spending cuts. Recovery did come.

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