Patrick Joins Governors In Meeting With President-Elect

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Governor Deval Patrick says more state spending cuts could be coming, because of the state budget shortfall.

Patrick will be among governors pushing for federal help in a meeting today with President-elect Obama.

WBUR's Kathleen McNerney reports.

Governor Patrick says he and other governors at the meeting will talk about shared interests, including investment in education, clean energy, and healthcare.

PATRICK: There are some real opportunities because of the alignment of our agenda with his agenda on the national level to bring some even greater energy and, I hope, resources.

But while he's looking for federal help, Governor Patrick says he won't rule out even more budget cuts to help help ease the $1.4 billion budget shortfall.

President-elect Obama has said he'll help states invest in infrastructure projects that will help create jobs.

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