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Governors Discuss Ongoing Challenges At Boston Meeting

The nation's governors are gathering in Boston this weekend for their annual summer meeting.

The sour economy, implementing the federal health care overhaul and obesity are a few of the items on the governors' agenda.

Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, chair of the National Governors Association, says it's a challenging time.

"We're going to spend some time talking about the economic realities we are confronting, the fiscal challenges we face, as well as implementing the health care reform efforts that are so important," Douglas said.

Gov. Deval Patrick says the meeting will bring short-term economic benefits to the host state.

"We estimate that local restaurants and entertainment venues and hotels will see an injection of about $3 million over the course of the next couple of days," Patrick said, "and we are challenging our guests to beat that projection and inviting them to do so."

The governors will also have some fun while in Boston — a reception at Fenway Park Friday night and a visit to Castle Island and Boston Harbor Saturday.

This program aired on July 9, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

Monica Brady-Myerov Twitter Reporter
Monica Brady-Myerov was formerly a report in WBUR's newsroom.

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