GOVERNOR PATRICK JOINS BUSINESS LEADERS TO DISCUSS HOW TO GROW JOBS AND EXPAND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH
NORWOOD – Tuesday, February 26, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick today addressed the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, continuing the conversation on how investing in education, innovation and infrastructure will spur job growth and economic opportunity and create a better Commonwealth in the near-term and for the next generation. Since his State of the Commonwealth address in January, Governor Patrick has traveled throughout the Commonwealth meeting with legislators, local officials, business leaders and residents to discuss the future of the Commonwealth, and what we will leave for the next generation.
“Whether it is from adults or children, whether about schools or roads, it all adds up to the same thing,” said Governor Patrick. “Everybody wants opportunity. And opportunity requires growth. What our residents want is not frivolous or unreasonable. In fact, it's precisely what this Commonwealth needs to be economically strong today and tomorrow.”
The Governor’s proposed FY14 budget includes investments in education, innovation and infrastructure to spur job growth and unlock economic opportunity. His plan includes a $1 billion annual investment in the Commonwealth’s transportation system to maintain the current transportation assets and launch a number of high-impact transportation projects across Massachusetts that, if built, will create thousands of jobs throughout the state. The plan also includes a $550 million investment in education, reaching $1 billion over four years, to expand access to high quality educational opportunities and make higher education more affordable for all students in Massachusetts.