Highlights in 2007 include the historic vote on same-sex marriage, lower rates and increased choices in auto insurance, implementation of health care reform, development of a statewide anti-crime council, passage of the film tax credit, the creation of thousands of new jobs, attracting new and dynamic leaders in important areas like the Department of Corrections, DSS, and DCR, the passage of Commonwealth Corps, and national leadership in clean energy and environmental issues.
Already this year, the Governor has worked with legislative leadership to reach a compromise on closing corporate loopholes, create an Education Secretary to lead the next round of education reform, and put in place a child advocate for the first time in state history. The Appellate Tax Board closed the loophole on telephone poles, which when the process is completed will raise millions in new revenue for cities and towns. In addition, Governor Patrick filed a budget that balanced nearly half a billion in savings and efficiencies, new revenue, and targeted investments in job creation, education, and public safety.
The administration has a strong, coordinated plan to continue to bring fundamental change to state government. As part of this plan, over the next month, Governor Patrick will highlight the administration’s work on the economy:
April 1st – Kick-off of managed competition in auto insurance.
First 2-3 weeks in April – Major announcements of companies deciding to expand in MA, providing nearly 1,000 new jobs for MA residents.
Week of April 7th – Governor Patrick will deliver a major policy speech on the economy.
Month of April – The Governor will undertake a statewide tour of chambers of commerce and local communities, in order to highlight the administration’s efforts to support regional economies with real, deliverable programs and initiatives.
First week of May – Governor Patrick will deliver an address to the Boston Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to the focus on the economy, Governor Patrick will continue to work with our legislative partners through the end of the legislative session. We expect to finalize and sign into law legislation over the next four months dealing with life sciences, energy, oceans, and public safety, as well as pass bond bills in areas like housing, transportation and the environment. All of these issues are being worked on jointly with Speaker DiMasi, Senate President Murray, and members of the legislature. In addition, we will announce a series of transportation reform initiatives over the next few months as a follow-up to the joint announcement of the Governor, Senate President, and Speaker last week.
May and June will bring the results of the Readiness Project. As the leading example of grassroots governing, the Readiness Project has not only brought over 100 experts, activists and practitioners in education together to help prepare our children to compete in the global economy, it has also included a number of town hall forums and over 800 “ready rep” volunteers who are connecting these reforms to their local communities. We fully expect that the results will lead to a robust, inclusive conversation about how MA can build upon its success to better prepare our children for the future.
With the demands of the 24-hour news cycle, it is even more important to maintain a long-term view, both of how far we have come and where we want to go. I believe it is what made the campaign successful in the end, and what has made and will continue to make Governor Patrick successful.