With Close of Session, Governor Patrick Highlights Administration Accomplishments
Administration points to successes in clean energy, economic growth and engaged governing
BOSTON - Wednesday, August 06, 2008 - With the completion of a successful 2007-2008 legislative session, Governor Deval Patrick today highlighted the many achievements of the Patrick-Murray Administration during the last 18 months, including measures that position Massachusetts to be a global leader in clean energy, stimulate the state's economy, while making long-term investments to improve the daily lives of residents throughout the Commonwealth.
The Governor also thanked House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi and Senate President Therese Murray for their partnership during the session.
"It was, by any measure, an extraordinarily productive session," said Governor Patrick. "And so much of what got done was both good and important. We got those results because the administration and the legislature worked together in a true spirit of partnership."
The Governor highlighted the passage of the 10-year, $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative, the enrollment of more than 340,000 previously uninsured residents in health insurance programs, and the elimination of barriers to marriage equality.
Joined by members of the Cabinet, the Governor also noted the passage of several bond bills that will allow the administration to make improvements in the Commonwealth's roads and bridges, public colleges and universities, housing and broadband infrastructure. For the first time ever, the state will follow a public debt management plan, where borrowing is based on what the state can afford.
"I am very pleased with the end results of this legislative session," said Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray. "Working together, the Legislature and the Patrick-Murray Administration have advanced an agenda that will benefit residents across the Commonwealth for years to come. I commend the Legislature for its work, and look forward to continuing our efforts together."
Other accomplishments include the closing of corporate tax loopholes, leveling the playing field for smaller-Massachusetts based businesses; passage of the Green Communities and Oceans Acts; foreclosure relief and work on a plan to end homelessness.
"Of course, we are already looking ahead to the next legislative session," said Governor Patrick. "I will continue to work with the Legislature and others on ways to relieve pressure on the property tax. And I am going to focus us all on implementing our Education Action Agenda, to move us closer to the lasting improvements in public education that our children deserve."
See two-page list of accomplishments attached.