Mass Gov. Baker's
State Of The Commonwealth Address
In his final year of his first-term, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker delivered the annual State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday night. Speaking before lawmakers in the House Chamber on Beacon Hill, Baker touted efforts around the opioid crisis, education, housing and renewable energy, and more.
The governor also called for greater civil discourse, saying: "We live in a great state filled with creative, community minded, hard-working, decent people. And what they want from us is opportunity, possibility and hope. Not noise. Not name-calling. And not finger-pointing."
From the Clip
“For seven years in a row, Massachusetts has been ranked the most energy efficient state in the country.
“In a few days, the Commonwealth will announce the results of the largest renewable energy procurement in our history. The process enabled by our 2016 legislation will lead to clean energy pricing that’s competitive with carbon-emitting fossil fuels, a huge win for families, businesses and our environment.
“And later this year, we’ll complete a competitive process that could lead to the construction of the largest offshore wind power operation in the nation.
This effort will further reduce emissions, create thousands of green jobs in places like New Bedford and solidify our standing as a global leader in innovation and clean energy.
“We’re also making new investments in the development of energy storage. By helping to bridge the gaps in peak demand, expanded storage will boost the effectiveness of wind and solar power, provide further price relief for ratepayers and pave the way for a future independent from fossil fuels.
“But despite the tremendous progress we’ve made and will continue to make in Massachusetts our climate is still changing.
“That’s why we’ll dedicate an additional $2 million to climate adaptation and resiliency planning efforts in our 2019 budget, providing additional support to municipalities and accelerating statewide hazard mitigation planning.
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