Four years ago, hope was in short supply as young people and jobs were leaving the state. But because voters believed in taking a chance, not on me, but on hope for an economy based on innovation and opportunity, and better politics, Massachusetts is now on the mend and on the move.
I know what this economic downturn has done to people here in the commonwealth. There isn’t a single household or business, large or small, that hasn’t been touched. Yet we have stepped up and made the tough decisions necessary to weather this global economic crisis, and our economy is now outperforming 48 other states. In April alone, Massachusetts added 19,000 jobs — the largest monthly gain in 17 years and the third gain in a row — and business confidence is surging.
Health care reform has been implemented responsibly and effectively and today 97.5 percent of Massachusetts’ residents have health insurance. We have funded our public schools at the highest level in our history, our students rank first in the nation in academic achievement, and we enacted landmark education reform to close the achievement gap. We are the nation’s leader in clean and alternative energy policy. Massachusetts will soon be the home to the nation’s first offshore wind farm. We have overhauled our transportation infrastructure saving you a quarter billion dollars already. None of this is by accident.
But there is work left to do, and a second term is about finishing what we started. I will not be satisfied until everyone seeking work can find it, until health insurance is as affordable as it is accessible, until a great school is in reach of every single child in this state, and until there are enough police on the streets and stability in our homes to end youth violence for good.
Forty years ago when I was 14 years old, I came to Massachusetts for the first time from poverty on the South Side of Chicago. And from that moment forward, Massachusetts people and schools and jobs have given me opportunities I could not have dreamed of on the South Side of Chicago. I want to give back the same better chance I had: A better school, a better job, a better future. That is the work that we have started. With your help and support, we will finish what we started.
– Deval Patrick is the Democratic incumbent candidate for governor
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