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Vermont lawmakers grappling with how much new revenue they need to raise in the coming fiscal year just got some welcome news.

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A national association has released a report assessing the economic importance of outdoor recreation to each state.  In New York and Vermont that sector of the economy translates to thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in revenues.

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says he remains open to other ideas for raising revenue to pay for improvements in transportation and education.

Patrick has proposed a series of tax changes in his budget calling for a net increase of nearly $2 billon. His plan includes hiking the income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent, while reducing the sales tax from the current 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent.

The head of FairPoint Communications says he expects the company's years-long decline in revenues to reverse itself in 2013.

CEO Paul Sunu says by the end of this year, the growth among business customers should begin exceeding the loss of residential landline customers.

As a result, revenues in 2013 are expected to grow for the first time since 2008, Sunu told The Associated Press in an interview Monday. It was Sunu's first face-to-face media interview in Maine since becoming CEO two years ago.