Since 2007, the Patrick Administration has worked to make state government more effective, more accountable and more open – and A&F has been at the center of these efforts. We have ensured that the Governor’s commitment to an unprecedented level of transparency is achieved by making more information on revenue, spending and government performance available to the public. It is in keeping with this commitment that we issue this report – A&F’s first-ever public performance report.
This document follows the publication of A&F’s preliminary two-year strategic plan in June 2012, in which we set out: 1) four overarching goals – BETTER FINANCE, BETTER HEALTH CARE, BETTER PERFORMANCE & BETTER GOVERNMENT; 2) our key actions to deliver them; and 3) a set of performance measures to evaluate results.
During the past year, we have made significant progress toward achieving our goals. Governor Patrick has long recognized the need for targeted public investment to grow the economy and provide opportunity. Due to his leadership, new revenues were identified to support transportation infrastructure as well as expand access to early and higher education. The state’s long-term fiscal position has also improved. Most recently, $501M in surplus revenues were added to the state’s stabilization fund, increasing its balance to $1.6B, leaving the Commonwealth with the 3rd largest reserve account in the nation.
In health care, A&F and its affiliated organizations, such as the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, the Group Insurance Commission and the Health Policy Commission are leading the way in improving access to high-quality, affordable health care. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act is being facilitated by recently passed legislation that conforms the state’s own historic coverage reforms to the new federal law.
As illustrated by the publication of this report, A&F continues to change the way state government does business – focusing on results and improving transparency.
Work to achieve our goals will continue through 2014. We will budget for the long-term, aiming to decrease the use of one-time resources supporting the state budget and enact further reforms to make retiree health coverage more sustainable. We will drive health care reforms that contain costs and improve quality. We will modernize state operations to make them more efficient and responsive. And we will continue to lead efforts to make government more effective, more accountable and more open. I encourage you to read this report and welcome your feedback.
Glen Shor, Secretary