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RI House Looks For Ways To Improve Economy

"We believe that the most effective economic development strategies are those intended to have long-term results," he told lawmakers. "For us in Massachusetts, this has meant basing a growth strategy on long-term investments in education, innovation and infrastructure."

Smith said it's important to listen to the business community and constantly revise policies to compete in a global economy. She noted that Connecticut celebrated the groundbreaking of a new research laboratory on Thursday.

"In this day and age, if you stand still, you're actually losing ground," she said.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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