SAN FRANCISCO - Governors across the West painted a gloomy picture of the region's economy in their state of the state speeches last week.

Usually an occasion to brag about accomplishments and make big promises for the year to come, leaders - faced with gaping budget deficits and surging joblessness across the region - largely ditched the usual script and used their speeches to ask for patience as they cut budgets, raise taxes and reduce social services amid hard economic times.

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