Ready, set, go: Framing Corbett’s economic record

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Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The 2014 election is still 20 months away, but Gov. Tom Corbett's record on the economy is already the subject of dueling views.

Expect to hear a lot about jobs in Pennsylvania in the next two years since Corbett's primary focus in office has been on improving the state's economy.

Regardless, economists agree that governors are bit players amid the wider economic forces that determine short-term job growth.

Because of balanced budget rules, governors tend to have limited ability to stimulate the economy through spending decisions.

In any case, timing can be everything: Moody's Analytics expects stronger national job growth in the next year or two.

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