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Gov. Patrick talks past, present, future in last State of Commonwealth Address

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Gov. Deval Patrick delivered his last State of the Commonwealth Address on Tuesday night in Boston, reflecting on his past seven years in office and talking about the challenges left to tackle.

Patrick told the people of Massachusetts he expected many hurdles coming into office seven years ago, but there were many that he could not see coming.

"I expected to face public safety challenges, but not the failure of a key water supply, a tornado or a terrorist attack," he said. 

Patrick says since those days, his administration has been able to effectively work together to keep the Commonwealth moving forward.

Innovation and infrastructure are once again at the top of the list of his priorities.

"That strategy creates jobs now and sustained growth into the future, it's the right strategy...the single most important solution is economic growth."

Patrick asked lawmakers to pass bills for projects like the multi-million dollar construction of Interstate 91. The crumbling portion in Springfield has been costing taxpayers about $2 million a year to patch up.

"With your help mister speaker and madame president, we can begin construction on the silver line to Chelsea, the I-91 viaduct in Springfield."

The governor touted the state's commitment to higher education and working together to help create jobs.

But he also spoke of the hits the state has taken recently, including problems with access to the state's healthcare connector and the disappearance of little Jeremiah Oliver.

"Now we must strengthen the department of children and families and fix the connector's website."

He said though it's his last year in office, he's not resting yet.

"We have work to do, let's get to it. God bless you all, and God bless the Commonwealth of Massachusetts."

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