tv Governor Charlie Baker Delivers State of the Commonwealth Address CSPAN February 1, 2017 2:50am-3:31am EST
sunday night on q & a. she talks about that interaction and her follow up. >> this was august, we had this racially charged summer, with donald trump's campaign, black lives matter, shootings, dollars, it was a time that people felt like all they were seeing on tv about race was bad news. here was first, a white man, admitting that he was prejudice which for people of color was we said finally. sunday night on c-span's q &
a. last week charlie delivered state of address. he told lawmaker they will not take orders from the d.c. but listen to the people of -- and offering tax credits for small businesses who hire veterans. this is 40 minutes. . [ applause ] thank you. thank you. thank you, very much. thank you. thank you. please, please we have lots to talk about.
the real test is if you can do that had i'm finished. mr. speaker, mr. president, members of the house and senate, distinguished elected officials, honored guests and fellow citizens, about 750 days ago, lieutenant governor and i stood here and flejed to work with you and others to move this commonwealth forward and we have done just that. [ applause ] >> we build a bipartisan team, worked in partnership with the legislature and looked for common ground. we work to fix state government, pass ground breaking legislation and focused on growing our
economy and it's working. [ applause ] >> our economy is among the strongest in the nation. over the past two years we have add 120,000 jobs. today more people are wokking and welfare case load have dropped by 25%. [ applause ] >> the companies of the future are moving to massachusetts bringing millions in private investment while new companies are born every day. in fact for the second year in the row, bloom berg named massachusetts the number one state for innovation in the whole country. [ applause ] >> ge decision to locate world
headquarters in boston is based in its believe in the town and vision of our people. any discussion would not be complete without noting the extraordinary work and collaboration of boston mayor and his team. thank you. [ applause ] >> mr. mayor, i look forward to working with you on the next patriots super bowl victory party. [ applause ] >> the job gains benefit every corner of our state.
for example, new bedford had the steepest with unemployment rate -- [ applause ] there you go, mr. mayor. with an unemployment rate falling from 6.5% to 3.7% in the last year. it's a reflection of the quality of the people and the climate we have created here. the progress we made on energy is a perfect example. together we passed land work legislation that we deuce carbon footprint and we build on those efforts by issue executive order on climate change to state government to work with business and non-profits to further doeft and protect our environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
[ applause ] >> thanks to the the hard work of teachers and parents, our students are number one in the nation in math and reading fort sixth straight year. [ applause ] >> our shared commitment to funding local schools have lead to all-time high in chapter 70 education funding increase 270 million over past two years. we made attending public college affordable. through commonwealth commitment we created pathway for student
to watching you build on your success. we also reviewed and update and elimit nated thousands of out dated regulation. we know that high-speed internet has become central to the way we communicate and learn and do business. too many communities they do not have access to this essential service. that's why this past may we overhaul last mile program for the murl community. we started with 53 towns looking internet access. in six months we've moved a dozen towns forward.
we have done all of that and more while closing a billion dollar state budget gap without raising taxes. [ applause ] >> fiscal responsibility is challenge work and it's not the stuff that wins popularity contests by working together we control growth and spending and eliminated debt and two years. we saved hundreds of million of tlars and we're working smarter
when making government accountable to the people who pay the bills. we used rainy day funds to bail out the state budget. we have envested in the fund and set the commonwealth on stable footing going forward. loophole on airbnb on the hard working people of the commonwealth. [ applause ] >> we are made real progress in supporting those who need our
help. to get their -- [ applause ] >> to get there we have taken a different approach. we have been working with housing authorities to help family avoid homeless. in two years the population of homeless families have been reduce from 1,500 to fewer than 100 families today. [ applause ] two years ago, the department of children and families which serve more than 50,000 at risk
kids was in crisis. there 270 more social workers on the job than there rp two years ago and 95% is listened. which is up 50% since we took office. [ applause ] >> case loads as low as they have been in decades and long promise support are in place. new policy concerning investigations, home based services, supervisory practice and missing children have about implemented with the d.c. fs workforce. >> whether it comes to at risk kids we can never rest easy of the d.c. fs needs to recruit more foster homes and they will
continue to work with the courts and the legal community to reduce uncertainly for kids by shortening the times they have to wait for a loving home. d.c. fs commissioner is here with us. you ask your team are doing a great job. [ applause ] >> on behalf of the families and children you serve. thank you. as in eithers states we continue to deal with the crime of human trafficking. through compassion for young boys and girls, my wife, bring back the trafficking unit for that and so many others things she does every day, i say
thanks. [ applause ] >> we work with all of you to craft legislation for uber lit and other transportation companies. this legislation respect the roles while benefitting the hundreds of thousands of passengers as well as in the commonwealth. people with disability have problems finding transportation s , making it difficult. setup a pilot to uber and lyft
it serve 400 people with disability so far they have delivered more than 7,000 rides. >> he is blind and uses the ride he is with us tonight. he and his wife live in arlington with his daughter. he had to take daughter to hospital. he used pilot program he was able to focus on the needs of his daughter instead of worrying about transportation. i want to thank you for being here with us tonight and for sharing your story. [ applause ]
>> his story echoes those with have heard from many others who use this pilot. this program has changed my life. we hear is over and over again. we know, especially here in this room, the opioid epidemic is ravaging people across the country. we know that 4 out of 5 heroin become addicted through prescription drugs. for
[ cheers and applause ] >> there is more that be 2 million searches of the prescription monitoring program. spending on addiction services has been increased by 50%. hundred of additional treatment beds and voluntary programs have come online and family and peer support groups are doubled and been funded aand thousands have been distributed to first responders and family members.
women due to an addiction to framing state prison. >> thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> the treatment program including the new one and these programs have been a game changer for many of the women they serve. based on this success will request to support treatment from men due to an addiction as well. that's storm going on for past couple of days. all i can think is i'm glad it's not 10 degrees colder. the nbta historical failure during the winter of 2015 laid bare the vital need for a
complete overhaul. never forget they always had the money. what it lacked was capacity to deliver the safe and reliable transportation system that our people deserve. the fiscal management control board cut the nbta's operating in half. these significant savings are being used to double the investment of core infrastructure. while a lot of work has been done they will tell do you we still have a long way to go. anything that breaks is at least 50 years old making investments in signals, switches, power systems and vehicles will take years, not months. but we finally have the team on
the ground and plan in place to get the job done. [ cheers and applause ] >> and after months of discussion the nbta reached an agreement on a new contract with its largest union, local 589. this is a win-win for all involved. writers and taxpayers have a competitive contract and union members have predictability and achievable ground rules for measuring performance. both sides could have turned this one into an epic brawl. instead they chose to be part of the answer. jim o'brien are here with us tonight and for your hard work, vision and leadership during these difficult and complicated times you deserve our thanks.
[ cheers and applause ] >> hey, and remember all of those toll booths we used to have? yeah, me neither. going live with an all electronic tolling system and taking down the toll booths could have been a disaster. in fact, many people in this room predicted it would be, but a terrific engineering and planning effort made sure the work was done at night and weekends making sure they were not delayed going to and from
work. kudos to the secretary and her team. [ cheers and applause ] with a shared sense of purpose we paid progress in fiscal discipline, public health, transportation, public safety, environmental and community building during the past two years. because of all of that i stand here tonight and say the state of our commonwealth is strong. [ cheers and applause ]
>> now, we all know the sworld becoming more and more dependent on technology, smart building, autonomous vehicles, precision manufacturing to name just a few. these are the platforms of the next generation of great companies and new jobs. cyber security that moves as fast as the hackers, thieves and troublemakers is what makes all of this possible. success in producting databases will ensure that people benefit from the best ideas in science, engineering and technology for decades to come. we are already one of the three most important players in the world. this industry is just taking off. hundreds of billions of dollars
will be spent over the next decade to protect information and assets. massachusetts organizations should play a major role in driving these decisions. over the next ten months we'll bring together the best minds locally and globally to develop a blueprint for success here in massachusetts and then we will follow through and execute on it. [ cheers and applause ] >> we all know our strength is based on our work with 351 cities and towns. important reforms give local leaders new tools to better serve their constituency. you don't have to take my word for it. it called them the most significant reform in more than 50 years. [ cheers and applause ]
more than 250 communities have joined us with to work on 600 best practices to make local governments more successful. thank you for your extraordinary work. [ cheers and applause ] looking ahead our budget will propose funding for new towns including k through 12 education by more than 90 million, twice the amount required under state law. for the first time we propose funding a down payment from
municipal health insurance. our capital program will build up previous efforts to invest in local communities. we'll continue unprecedented levels of investments, economic development and housing because these investments help our colleagues and local government build strong communities, leverage billions of dollars and they create jobs. >> we should bals proud of our achievements in education. not every child in commonwealth gets to attend a first class school. we have an obligation and in this effort we must succeed. [ cheers and applause ]
zb we'll work with representatives and their colleagues in the house and senate to create more empowerment zones. they create more flexibility and allow educators to make the changes necessary to provide a better learning environment for our kids. i visited one in springfield. it is pretty clear this motto is already making a positive difference for teachers and students there. [ cheers and applause ] in addition, the experience of struggling districts is demonstrated that takeovers can offer to students, parents and schools that need our support. we encourage them to continue to use this tool. now, for decades mental health
add crvocates urged to redesign way it is to bridge waterstate hospital. we propoesz to do two things to address this long standing and unacceptable situation. first, move corrections officers out of the hospital and deploy them outside the facility to provide security. second, the size and scale offered inside the hospital will be significantly expanded. this reform will not come cheap. the spending on clinical services will increase by $37 million. [ cheers and applause ] >> now, this is the right thing to do. we ask the legislature to support it. i would also like to extend our thanks from the massachusetts correctional officers fed rated union for being a true partner
to make these reforms. john, they wouldn't have happened without your support. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> the notion that people are fully retired is indon sis tant with what i do every day. even come a step back most still have tons of time and talent available to do something else. i turned 60 in november, 60. i remember thinking that was ancient when my dad turned 60. now he is 88 and he is the
smartest and most informed person i know. nobody gives better advice than you do. [ cheers and applause ] >> there are thousands of citizens who are still very much in the game in their 60s, 70s and even 80s. i'll be signing an executive order in the coming weeks that will focus on policies and proms that make it possible for more older adults an seniors to live vibrant purposeful lives here in the commonwealth. [ cheers and applause ]
>> jessie brown and matt, the founders of pli moth are with us tonight. they construct, maintain and repair cell towers, a booming business in today's wireless world. after serving our country's united states marines they joined a large firm. in 2007 they left the kofrt to go out on their own. the beginning was rocky. today they employ 70 people, almost half of whom are veterans like them. their future is bright.
>> now, in closing for our cabinet and team of massachusetts i want to thank you for your good will. it may seem like a small thing but it's not. too much of what pass sz for political dialogue these days isn't dialogue at all. it is talking points and deliberate misrepresentation. it may be great for making headlines but they do not move this forward. success is measured by what we accomplish together. our obligation is too important to place politics and partisan ship before progress and results. the changes in washington don't change this powerful obligation. our job remains the same, that is to represent massachusetts to washington and not washington to massachusetts. [ cheers and applause ]
like other states we have enormous challenges here in the commonwealth, issues destined to create opportunities for conflict. we live in a time where what you oppose seems much more interesting than what you support, where compromising is viewed as an act of weakness when in fact it is a sign of strength. [ cheers and applause ] >> our founders worried a lot. they designed our form of government to provide a loud voice from minority points of view. they hated the idea and wanted
to force advocates and policymakers through structure and process to compromise. i'm with them. as my mom used to say, you have two ears and one mouth far reason. it's one thing to shout to your opponents and another to fight for common ground. i believe it's this conversation that makes us strong. our economy is strong because we listen and we learn from the workers and employers who make it go. our communities are strong because local leaders and active citizens listen and learn from the people they serve. we listen and lrn from one another knowing our good will can make it a catalyst for better ideas and real results. our team looks forward to working with you and chal enlen and opportunities for the next two years. we will advocate, engage, learn
from you and others and we will be better for it. god bless the commonwealth and god bless the united states. [ cheers and applause ] coming up wednesday morning will discuss president trump's supreme court pick. watch live at 7:00 eastern wednesday morning. join the discussion. >> here are a few programs viewers saw last week mike pompao's swearing in.
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