NAPLES, Fla. -- Massachusetts is certainly not out of the intense recession gripping the Northeast, but a bipartisan group of its top political leaders yesterday suggested the state's fiscal "crisis of confidence" is over.

Speaking at a conference sponsored by Municipal Bond Investors Assurance Corp., Lieut. Gov. Paul Celluci and William M. Bulger, president of the Massachusetts Senate, demonstrated the political unity the state so sorely lacked during the lame duck years of former Gov. Michael S. Dukakis.

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