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Web Extra: As Fed's Debt Rating Gets Downgraded, Mass. Rating Could Go Up05:09

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Stock markets dropped Monday in the first day of trading since the rating agency Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S. credit rating from the stellar AAA rating, to the still-pretty-good-but-not-as-stellar AA+.

While the country's credit may not be the risk-free, sure-bet it once was, Massachusetts' credit rating has the potential to move in the other direction. Right now the state has a AA rating — lower than even the country's new AA+ rating. But as David Hitchcock explains, the state's rating is still pretty good, and has the potential to get even better.


  • David Hitchcock, senior director, state and local governments group, Standard & Poor's

This segment aired on August 8, 2011.

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