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‘Personal’ theme to gov.’s address

<p>Voter frustration, economic collapse and the fresh news of another jumpin the unemployment rate were channeled into a reoccurring theme duringGov. Deval Patrick’s State of the Commonwealth address last night.Patrick vowed he is “making it personal.” <br /></p>

Voter frustration, economic collapse and the fresh news of another jump in the unemployment rate were channeled into a reoccurring theme during Gov. Deval Patrick’s State of the Commonwealth address last night. Patrick vowed he is “making it personal.”

“I hear the detractors who fiercely or passively defend the status quo,”?Patrick said. “... But I also hear a public deeply frustrated with the pace of change, who need a little help from us right now so they can help themselves. Our job is to be leaders for them.”

Patrick used his accomplishments of the last three years — the consolidation of the state transportation agencies for one — to lay out a plan for the next 11 months that includes lowering property taxes, tackling CORI?laws, cutting health insurance costs and finding and eliminating waste in state government. Patrick is preparing to seek reelection this November.