BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Tuesday night, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker held his eighth and last State of the Commonwealth Address at Hynes Convention Center.
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito also spoke at the address, recounting their efforts since taking office in 2015.
"Nothing hit our Commonwealth and our nation like COVID," Polito said. The lieutenant governor went on to say that there needs to be more politicians like Baker in office, and that the governor will continue to rise to the occasion in the late stages of his gubernatorial run.
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"We modernized local government by updating fifty years of mostly useless statutory busy work," Governor Baker said.
Baker reflected on the Baker-Polito administration's work on education, job markets, and the state's ongoing battle with COVID-19. Baker said that his administration focused on keeping kids in schools despite COVID-19, applauding the over 80% of eligible Massachusetts residents that have received doses of the vaccine.
"The state of our Commonwealth remains strong," Baker said.
Former Boston Mayors Marty Walsh and Kim Janey, and current Boston Mayor Michelle Wu were in attendance.