The Nation: Meskill Steps Down

There were few brighter up-and-coming stars in the G.O.P. galaxy than Connecticut Governor Thomas Meskill, 46, who accomplished in his first term of office just what he said he would. He has turned a $244 million budget deficit that he inherited from the Democrats into a substantial surplus, mainly by reducing spending, introducing tuition at state colleges, and increasing the sales tax. He also kept his campaign promise to set up one of the most active environmental agencies in the nation.

Yet last week he announced that he would not run for reelection....

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