Secretary Sullivan Highlights Governor Patrick's Plan to Create Jobs and Expand Opportunity
PROVINCETOWN – Monday, March 25, 2013 – Following Governor Deval Patrick’s State of the Commonwealth address in January, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan today joined state and local elected officials to highlight Patrick-Murray Administration investments in the Cape Cod region, building on the Governor’s plan to create jobs and expand economic opportunity throughout Massachusetts.
“The Patrick-Murray Administration is committed to expanding opportunities and economic growth to every corner of the Commonwealth,” said Secretary Sullivan. “We must continue to make investments in Cape Cod that improve our communities and protect the environment while providing a healthier, safer future for generations to come.”
The Governor’s budget includes a 21st century transportation plan that calls for targeted investments across the Commonwealth, including $250 million for the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s historic parkways, boulevards and related sidewalks and recreational paths statewide. These investments will encourage transportation of all kinds, including healthy recreation and additional commuting options along greenways like the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Bike trails will promote cycling, improve health, reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality in Massachusetts communities – a key initiative of the Healthy Transportation Compact.
Last week, the Patrick-Murray Administration joined the State Treasurer’s Office and the Cape Cod Commission in signing a memorandum of understanding that will initiate the development of a comprehensive water quality management plan for Cape Cod. The plan is supported with $3.35 million in state funds from the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust.
Demonstrating that the choose growth strategy works, Secretary Sullivan touted Governor Patrick’s policies and investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy that have positioned Massachusetts as a leader in clean energy.
Massachusetts earned the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s number one ranking in energy efficiency in 2011 and 2012 and is poised to lead the nation with the first permitted offshore wind farm. In his address, Sullivan committed to continuing the Commonwealth’s ambitious clean energy agenda and working towards meeting the Administration’s nation-leading goals in renewable energy.
The Governor has proposed a comprehensive, fair, dedicated and competitive investment plan that will strengthen the state’s economic future by cutting the sales tax from the current rate of 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent and raising the income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent. The Governor’s proposals will support important investments in our infrastructure in order to pay the bills the Commonwealth inherited from the Big Dig, maintain existing infrastructure, promote regional equity and make targeted expansions to unlock long-term economic development and reinvest in the Commonwealth’s education system by providing universal access to high quality early education, fully funding K-12 education and allowing extended school days in high-need schools; make college more affordable and accessible, and allow community colleges to expand their efforts.
Sullivan also visited Dennis Monday to award a $400,000 land conservation grant to the town of Dennis. The Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) grant will fund the Grassy Ponds Woodlands project in Dennis.