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Friday, January 31, 2014

马年除夕时 哈佛学生广场舞狮耍太极 陪你过大年

昨(一月三十)日是农历甲午马年除夕。中午十二点半时,哈佛大学中国学生学者联合会在该校科学中心前的广场舞狮庆新春,和中国北京的除夕午夜遥相辉映。
??????????? 哈佛学子的这场“马年大吉”新春庆祝会,由该校研究生Robert Gustafson和设计学院的赵欣主持,安排有麻省理工学院舞狮队的金银双狮开场,八名老人家穿红白相间绸袍,示范太极功夫,捏面人师傅梁炳润示范捏出今年的生肖动物吉祥马,以及孙悟空等。主持人接着邀现场观众玩抛套圈游戏,套中地上摆满的五福临门红包,小红灯笼,细瓷缀饰,就能拿回家当礼物。
??????????? 哈佛大学中国学生学者联合会早在一,二个月前,就已大肆宣传,将於二月一日晚七点起,在倍投方案图片顿市约翰汉考克中心(John Hancock Hall)举办“中国长春藤盟校马年春节联欢会”,不但有万科3C基金,小尾羊赞助,还有曾四度获得格莱美音乐奖的大提琴家,柏克莱音乐学院教授Eugene Friesen与其所率弦乐团,马友友丝路乐团,唢呐管乐演奏家郭雅志、何涛夫妇演奏,华夏舞蹈团等节目。
??????????? 哈佛大学中国学生学者联合会会长李可表示,其实该会一早就策划安排了这场“陪你过大年”的活动,只是露天活动,既怕风雨,更怕雪,才一直等到活动前一天,确定能办了,再向外宣布,并於昨日中午和李扬,雷雨,孙雷之等学生会干部,义工,在校园铁栅门上绑了好些幅骏、福字剪纸,增添现场年节气氛。
??????????? 昨日在现场围观的人,因此不多,很多路过的人,驻足几秒,拿出手机捕捉舞狮镜头,就又匆匆回到自己原本的行程。
??????????? 在哈佛甘乃迪政府学院任教的老师胡馨,应学生邀请,昨午出席捧场。她竖竖衣领挡寒风的说,在该校任教五年来,这倒还是第一次在校园广场里看到舞狮,打太极的庆新年,很有点北京社区里过年节的味道,让人感动。

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??????????? 哈佛大学中国学生学者联合会会长李可铖(後左二)和参与筹办活动者,麻省理工学院舞狮队,在“陪你过大年”活动结束後合影。(菊子摄)

??????????? 麻省理工学院舞狮队,在江泽民演讲过的山德斯剧院(Sanders Theater)旁广场表演。(菊子摄)
??????????? 昨日中午,气温在华氏廿度左右,但天清气朗,景色很美。(菊子摄)

??????????? 围观者玩抛套圈,拿红包、奖品游戏。(菊子摄)

??????????? 太极表演。(菊子摄)

? ? ? ? ? ??哈佛大学中国学生学者联合会为“陪你回家过大年”活动,设计了颇有年未的马年大吉海报。(菊子摄)

Brookline老人庆新春 夕阳美旗袍走秀惹艳羡

布鲁克兰老人中心和以时装秀,舞蹈,歌唱等节目,中华耆英会合作,日前举办“喜气洋洋迎马年”聚餐活动,以时装秀,舞蹈,歌唱等节目,让近百名华洋耆英欢乐一下午。
??????????? 布鲁克兰老人中心的项目主任Julie Washbburn和中华耆英会义工乐赵令瑜当天担任司仪。该中心主任Ruthann Dobek,中华耆英会行政主任梅伍银宽,耆英会白礼顿楼主任梅丽梨等人一一致辞,拜年後,才开始表演节目。
??????????? 整场表演,除了年已八十的郭养湛,中气十足地唱京剧“霸王别姬”外,全由“夕阳美时装舞蹈集”担纲演出。
??????????? 平均年龄已七十的七名“夕阳美时装舞蹈集”成员,由团长乐赵令瑜率队,来自上海的胡佩佩做舞步编导老师,这天先由团长做中英粤三语的马年简介,说上一连串的“马年行大运”,“马到成功“,”一马当先“,”龙马精神“等吉祥话,包括王琳,蔡春香,李正宽,陈瑾,吴惠美等人,再上演”摩登时装秀“,跳扇舞,唱”梁祝“,耍太极剑,穿上印花丝绸旗袍走台步,引得全场老人家个个赞美,满脸艳羡眼神。
??????????? “夕阳美时装舞蹈集”最後还大合唱“恭喜恭喜“,让老外看新鲜,让老中享年味。
??????????? 布鲁克兰老人中心(Brookline Council on Aging)是个独立经营,为耆英服务的非牟利机构,由布鲁克兰镇支持,代建占地约一万八千余平方尺的服务中心大楼,为镇内约一万零八百名六十岁以上耆英,提供各种服务。
??????????? 该中心主任Ruthann Dobek透露,该中心在2001年正式成立前,就已和中华耆英会密切合作,这些年来也一直合作愉快。包括中华耆英会办理的55岁以上耆英再就业项目,该中心也有两名亚裔老人家参加。目前约有一百到一百四十名亚裔使用该中心的服务。
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??????????? 布鲁克兰老人中心的项目主任Julie Washbburn(前左一),中华耆英会副主任张昆(前左二),主任梅伍银宽,白礼顿楼主任梅丽梨,和耆英会义工乐赵令瑜(後右二),胡佩佩(後右三)等人在演出後合影。(菊子摄)

??????? 布鲁克兰老人中心(Brookline Council on Aging) 主任Ruthann Dobek(右)称赞该会义工翁明节(左),尽管年已八十一岁,仍热心服务。(菊子摄)

??????????? 胡佩佩(右二)与“夕阳美时装舞蹈集”成员表演的“女人花”时装秀,让座中众人惊叹旗袍的美丽。(菊子摄)

??????????? 耆英们排排坐,用餐,看节目,庆祝马年新春。(菊子摄)


? ? ? ? ? ??“夕阳美时装舞蹈集”合唱恭喜恭喜。(菊子摄)

倍投方案图片顿大学获5个名额 徵学生校友跑马拉松纪念吕令子

去年四月发生的倍投方案图片顿马拉松赛爆炸案,昨(一月三十)日再引人注意。美国总检察官授权联邦检控官向在押嫌犯求处死刑,倍投方案图片顿大学徵求五名马拉松跑者参赛,纪念吕令子。
??????????? 美国总检察官Eric H. Holder Jr.表示,在考虑过相关事实,以及适用的法律条文後,他决定代表美国,请法官判处嫌犯焦哈尔(Dzhokhar Tsarnaev死刑。
??????????? 今年廿岁的焦哈尔和26岁的哥哥塔梅尔兰Tamerlan Tsarnaev),去年四月十五日时,在倍投方案图片顿马拉松赛会场引爆炸弹,导致29岁的Krystle Campbell,23岁的吕令子,8岁的 Martin Richard等三人死亡,260余人受伤。麻省理工学院警察Sean Collier其後也在追捕行动中遭射杀身亡。检方表示,将以17项控罪,要求法官对焦哈尔处以死刑。
??????????? 麻州州长,倍投方案图片顿市长昨日都为此事发表声明。麻州长派区克表示,根据证据,焦哈尔不管怎样都会死在狱中。今日的这一宣布,这一审判,以及在正义程序中的每一重要步骤,都让受到倍投方案图片顿马拉松赛爆把其中五个名额,给了颇士顿大学。?????????击那种精神。????????????炸案伤害的人,以及被吓到的人,感到松了一口气。现在大家最能够做的事是,提醒彼此,麻州比以前任何时候都更坚强,没有任何事情能打击那种精神。倍投方案图片顿市长马丁华殊(Martin Walsh)表示,他无法想像那些受害者,幸存者,今天会怎麽想。过去这九个月来,倍投方案图片顿人向全世界展现了倍投方案图片顿是个充满爱心,勇气的城市。大家携手站在同一阵线,面对邪恶与仇恨。他支持让美国总检察官做出这决定的过程。
??????????? 倍投方案图片顿体育协会(BAA)为了向在倍投方案图片顿马拉松赛爆炸案中殒命的吕令子致意,在今年的倍投方案图片顿马拉松赛中,拨出十五个名额给吕令子家人。吕家把其中五个名额,给了倍投方案图片顿大学。
??????????? 这荣誉参赛名额,可让参赛者不需通过倍投方案图片顿马拉松赛的基本要求,既不需符合时间资格,也没有最低筹款额限制。不过筹到的任何款项,都将捐进吕令子奖学金。该奖学金将每年奖助两名研究所学生,给予为期两年的全额奖学金即补助金。该笔奖学金的经费总额已逾一百万元。
? ? ? ? ? ??倍投方案图片顿大学学生或校友都可申请该五个名额。报名截止日期为二月七日。

Thursday, January 30, 2014

安多福华人庆马年新春 剑桥市议员张礼能来拜年

安多福中华文化协会廿六日在
中国花(China Blossom)餐厅庆祝马年新春。二百多名中西宾客分两场入座,欣赏舞狮,中乐演奏、武术示范,民族舞蹈,享用中式美食,开心非常。
????? 安多福中华文化协会今年的农历新春庆祝会,有二点特别处。一为远在麻州剑桥市当议员的张礼能(Leland Cheung),应同为史丹福大学校友的该会会长司徒明德(Richard Soo Hoo)之邀,赶来向民众拜年,顺道宣布他正在策划参选麻州副州长,希望大家支持,给意见;二为该会和安多福高中亚美俱乐部合作,一半以上的节目由学生演出,为会场增添许多青春气息。
????? 主持司徒明德和孙飞扬介绍了中国新年,虎年典故後,由杨氏武术班以舞狮拉开表演序幕。接着的杨氏武术班示范武术,林湛涛独奏二胡“马儿奔驰在草原”,“赛马”,安多福高中亚美俱乐部跳骑马舞“江南风”,杨信宜与学生Annie Ma合奏古筝“赶花会”,“丰收歌”,十七岁的林亮庭唱流行曲,Chris McKenna的萤光扯铃,郑安琪跳中国民族舞“树”等,都让观众看得频频鼓掌。
????? 当天的抽奖奖品,有杨氏武术班功夫课礼券,中国花餐厅优待券,以及到北京旅游等大奖。但最吸引人的还是当天购买彩券总金额一半的现金奖。
表演结束後,中国花餐厅老板娘张秀媚应邀发红包,把跟着爸妈到场看表演的小朋友,一下子全都吸引到舞台中央,十分逗笑。
表演厅外,来自温彻斯特(Winchester)镇的张海静,来自索格斯镇的徐明等人,拿起毛笔为洋人写中文名字。不少洋人罕有机会亲身接触中华文化,拿到墨汁写在红纸上的新中文名字,都感到很兴奋。
安多福中华文化协会的主要干部之一张叔仪指出,该会每年都举办不少活动,今年的农历新年庆祝,有中国花餐厅,TD银行赞助,接下来的大活动,将是九月份的安多福日。
该会会长司徒明德透露,他和张礼能是在史丹福大学校友会的活动上认识的。那时候,他有意请张礼能协助安多福镇和北京海淀结为姐妹市,没想到现在能为协助张礼能参选麻州副州长出点力。
查询该会详情可上网http://www.andoverchineseculturalexchange.org。?

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安多福中华文化协会的张叔仪(左起),熊静莲,陈美玲,Magilyn Fauroon,会长司徒明德(Richard Soohoo),张礼能,和中国花餐厅少东赵启鑫,老板娘张秀媚。(菊子摄)

张秀媚(右)发红包给参加活动的小朋友。(菊子摄)

??????????? 中国花餐厅东主赵羡藻(右)称赞张礼能(左)年轻有为,这麽年轻就要参选副州长。(菊子摄)

安多福高中亚美俱乐部跳骑马舞“江南风”。(菊子摄)

??????????? 林湛涛演奏“赛马”,曲终时的马嘶声,让全场观众惊叹。(菊子摄)
?安多福中华文化协会的农历新年庆祝会,观众围着舞台坐。(菊子摄)


????????????郑安琪跳中国民族舞“树”。(菊子摄)

? ? ? ??? ??会长司徒明德(中)发抽奖奖品。(菊子摄)
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宁峰,陈宏宽,方壮壮,牛牛音乐会 众声赞好

中华表演艺术基金会廿五日晚在纽英仑音乐学院乔丹厅(Jordan Hall)举行的音乐会,带给听众一次“塞翁失马”的喜悦。钢琴家陈萨因为护照问题,临时来不了,捱义气上场的着名钢琴家陈宏宽,以及新秀牛牛、方壮壮小提琴家宁峰搭档,让耳朵尖的听众也赞好。
??????????? 中华表演艺术基金会已不是第一次邀陈萨,宁峰这两名四川音乐家来倍投方案图片顿合作演出,但一连两次,今年还未满三十岁,曾被伦敦古典调频电台称为“最耀眼钢琴演奏家之一”,从照片上看来仍是一名青春洋溢美少女的陈萨,却和倍投方案图片顿观众再次缘悭一面。
??????????? 1981年出生於四川成都,现居德国柏林的小提琴家宁峰,倒是和倍投方案图片顿有缘,经同为四川成都人的知名音乐会策划蒋红,中华表演艺术基金会会长谭嘉陵等邀请,包括这一次在内,从2005年迄今,总共已来倍投方案图片顿演出五次。
??????????? 宁峰在1998年时获得英国皇家音乐学院全额奖学金,2003年成为该校建校近两百年来第一个以满分成绩毕业,获“皇家音乐学院会员(ARAM)封号的学生。2005那年,他又先後获得迈克希尔国际小提琴比赛第一名,以及“帕格尼尼国际小提琴比赛”金奖,奠定了他在世界乐坛的地位。最近他还成为英国古典音乐经纪公司Intermusica签约的第一位中国音乐家。
??????????? 廿五日这晚,宁峰在纽英仑音乐学院乔丹厅(Jordan Hall),依序在方壮壮,陈宏宽,牛牛等人的钢琴伴奏下,演奏了“贝多芬:小提琴与钢琴奏鸣曲第九,作品47号”,“布拉姆斯:小提琴与钢琴奏鸣曲第三,d小调,作品108号?,”瓦克斯曼:卡门幻想曲“。
??????????? 一名爱乐者会後表示,宁峰和陈宏宽都已是乐界名人,他们当晚的演出,一如预期般精彩,倒是方壮壮,牛牛这两名年轻人,给人意外惊喜。尤其是今年才十七岁的牛牛,两手在琴键间自在游走,几乎已到完美地步,顶多让人能批评一下的是有部分快板弹得太快了些。
??????????? 宁峰在会後透露,由於妻子即将生产,今年五月以後,他将暂停一切离开德国的邀约演出。
??????????? 谭嘉陵也指出,陈宏宽将於二月一日(周六)晚七点半,在纽英仑音乐学院乔丹厅,和亚特兰大交响乐团合作,弹奏布拉姆斯钢琴协奏曲一号。
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? ? ? ??中华表演艺术基金会会长谭嘉陵(右二)和小提琴家宁峰(右起),钢琴新秀牛牛,方壮壮,钢琴家陈宏宽在音乐会後合影。(菊子摄)

麻州长 Patrick 最後一次州情咨文 数成就 缺新猷 关注民生


麻州州长派区克(Deval Patrick28日晚发表卸任前的最後一次州情咨文,回顾过去七年来的成就,展望待推动方案,呼吁企业界悯恤贫苦大众,增聘人手,提高最低工资,缩小贫富差距,强调该做的事还有很多,感谢州民给他机会当州长,做那麽有趣的工作(so much fun)。
??????????? 麻州州长办公室当晚随後公布一份总结,指麻州现有的行政措施,已使麻州在学生成就,享有医疗护理,经济竞争力,生物科技及创投资金,创业活动,能源效率,退伍军人服务等等方面,成为领先全美的佼佼者。
??????????? 派区克在州情咨文中也承认,麻州收入不平等的情况,和全美一样,都在扩大中,希望企业雇主和州民们能和州政府携手合作,为所有人创造平等机会。他强调,州政府透过351计划,鼓励中学生参与社区服务。州政府必须,也将在今年启动法令,让登记成为选民及投票更为容易,让州民和州政府打交道变得更轻松。
??????????? 派区克吁请州议员,州民支持他上周公布的2015会计年度预算,包括扩大幼儿教育,办全天的幼稚园,为高等教育提供额外资助,以期麻州学生及家庭更能负担得起大专院校教育。他认为那是个能够平衡,也能为全州居民创造更广阔机会的预算案。
他也提醒州议员们,要关注那些未受惠於股票市场上涨,经济成长的人。
他说,“对各人周遭的邻居来说,有太多人的美国梦遇上了麻烦。而他,”拒绝接受这些人的美国梦难以实现“。他认为当晚在众议会议事厅内的所有人,都有帮助所有人帮助他们自己的神圣责任。
倍投方案图片顿环球报昨(29)日形容这州情咨文,更像是“毕业生致词”,指派区克为自己的施政策略辩护,声称在基础设施,创新及教育上花钱,已让麻州在学生成就,医疗护理,以及其他领域上,领先其他各州。
麻州州长派区克28日晚在发表州情咨文前,介绍其妻,称戴安(Diane)热衷支持家暴受害者,精神残障者,以及幼童。今年五月,他俩就要庆祝结婚三十周年了。
派区克在长约三十分钟的发言中,列举了过去七年来,他上任以後的许多成就,包括麻州的学生成就在全美排名第一,麻州的全民保险是全美模范,麻州的生物科技是全世界成长最迅速地方之一,在这领域培育了不下十万人才,多家庭住宅数目上升了三倍,制造业成长了50%,有条长1200英里的新光纤网路,把每个社区连上高速网际网路(internet),新增了11万亩的保留地等。麻州参众两会议长事後都表示,他们大家一起,在这些年间,还真做了不少事。
但就如倍投方案图片顿环球报昨日指出来的,麻州议会的正式会期将於今年七月结束,派区克在他任内这最後一年中,尽管有心,恐怕能做的不多。辖区包括华埠的麻州议员麦家威(Aaron Michlewitz)称赞派区克是他见过演讲最好的州长,但诸如交通工程等基础设施的经费到底够不够,退休人士养老金等相关法令能否更好的修缮,恐怕无法在今年七月前有结果。
倍投方案图片顿的新市长马丁华殊(Martin Walsh),当晚也发布新闻稿,感谢麻州长派区克过去七年来的致力奉献,领导力。对派区克的呼吁提高最低工资,让高等教育更可负担,感到非常鼓舞。
派区克原定上周二(21日)发表州情咨文,但因风雪改期,结果正好和美国总统奥巴马发表国情咨文落在同一天。
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??????????? 麻州州长派区克(Deval Patrick28日晚在发表州情咨文时,呼吁企业界增聘人员,为更多人创造工作机会,弥平人民收入差距。(菊子摄)

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GOVERNOR PATRICK DELIVERS STATE OF THE COMMONWEALTH ADDRESS
Focuses on expanding growth and opportunity across the Commonwealth; Asks employers, citizens to partner with state government to help create opportunity for all Massachusetts residents

BOSTON – Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – In his State of the Commonwealth address,?Governor Deval Patricktonight pledged to continue the Administration’s proven strategy of investing in education, innovation and infrastructure to create job growth and economic opportunity across Massachusetts.? The Governor discussed how this strategy has positioned Massachusetts as a national leader in student achievement, health care coverage, economic competitiveness, biotechnology, venture capital funding, entrepreneurial activity, energy efficiency and veterans services; and how if continued, will help secure a successful Commonwealth for all residents.??

During his remarks, the Governor acknowledged the growing problem of income inequality in Massachusetts and across the nation, and asked employers and citizens to join state government in doing their part to strengthen the Commonwealth’s economy and create equal opportunities for all. The Governor emphasized that we have been most successful when we work together – government, the private sector and citizens alike – to tackle the difficult issues we face as a Commonwealth and lift everyone up.

“As I ask for the continued partnership of policymakers, and pledge my own, I also ask for the continued partnership of the public.? I am thankful for the strong working relationships we have with municipalities, with the business community, with organized labor, and with citizens themselves.? But working together has to mean more than cooperating for the good of your own interests.? It has also to mean cooperating for the common good.”

The Governor also urged support for key items included in his FY2015 budget proposal released last week including funding for expanded access to early education programs and full day kindergarten classrooms and additional funding for higher education to help make college more affordable for students and families in Massachusetts.? The Governor’s budget represents a balanced plan that reflects the Administration’s commitment to creating broad-based opportunity for all residents of the Commonwealth, managing state finances responsibly and making government work more efficiently.?

Governor Patrick concluded his remarks by reflecting on his experience as Governor and expressing his pride in the grace and compassion shown by residents across the Commonwealth in the aftermath of the marathon bombings.

“I expected that serving as your governor would be the great honor of my professional life.? But I didn’t expect it to be so enlightening, so humbling, and so much fun.? And I want to thank the people of Massachusetts for that.? I also knew that the people of Massachusetts were caring and generous.? I knew that from my life here well before I was ever governor, and from the countless, quiet gestures of encouragement shown me in the last 7 years.? But I could not have been prouder of the kindness and grace on display in the wake of the Marathon bombings.”

The entire text of Governor Patrick’s remarks is available?HERE.


AS DELIVERED:
State of the Commonwealth Address
State House, House Chamber
January 28, 2014
Madame President, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Senate and the House,
Fellow Constitutional Officers and Members of the Governor’s Council,
Mr. Chief Justice and Members of the Judiciary,
Members of the Cabinet and my Administration,
Mayors, Sheriffs and other Elected Officials,
Reverend Clergy,
Distinguished Guests,
And Fellow Citizens of Massachusetts:
Please join me first in welcoming our First Lady, Diane Patrick.?Diane’s advocacy for victims of domestic violence, for people suffering from mental illness, and for young children has made Massachusetts better.?And her love and support for 30 years of marriage come this May has made me better.?Diane, thank you.
Remembering that America is still at war in distant lands, and that the sons and daughters of Massachusetts still place themselves in harm’s way for our sake, let us also acknowledge and thank all the men and women in uniform. We are grateful for your service and humbled by your sacrifice.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have journeyed a long way together these last many years, over ground both smooth and rough, along paths both expected and unexpected.?
When I came to work here in 2007, I expected to face economic challenges, but not a global economic collapse.?I expected to find a sub-par transportation system, but not a bankrupt and dysfunctional one. I expected to face public safety challenges, but not the failure of a key water supply, a tornado, or a terrorist attack.
We have faced up to these challenges -- and many others – together.?And it has made a difference.
Today, Massachusetts is first in the nation in student achievement, in health care coverage, in economic competitiveness, in entrepreneurial activity, in venture funding, in energy efficiency and in veterans’ services.
Today, our biotech sector is one of the fastest growing in the world, our clean tech sector is seeing double-digit job growth, and we have trained over 100,000 people for jobs with these and other innovators.
Today, manufacturing in our state is growing more than 50 percent faster than in the nation as a whole, and seven times the rate it did during the previous administration.
Today, we are rebuilding our infrastructure throughout the Commonwealth.?Multi-family housing starts have tripled and commercial development is on the rebound.
Today, a new 1,200 mile fiber-optic network serves to connect every community to high-speed Internet.?
Today, over 110,000 acres have been added to our conservation lands, and over two million of our residents will by this year be able to walk to a local park.
Today, instead of leaving in droves, young people and families are moving into Massachusetts. Our population is growing again -- faster than the rest of the region. We've reversed the long decline of past years.
Today, we’re helping people with disabilities earn a living in workforce with dignity and to live independently, because “Community First” is a reality, not a slogan. And families whose children need it have the most comprehensive autism coverage in the nation.
Today, our doors are open to new markets around the world through direct flights to Dublin, Madrid, Toronto, the Dominican Republic, Tokyo, Panama City, Istanbul, Dubai and Beijing; Logan saw record numbers of travelers in the last two years; and Worcester Airport is open for business.
We have saved citizens hundreds of millions of dollars by reforming municipal health plans and the state pension system, cutting health care costs, simplifying the transportation bureaucracy, turning around under-performing schools, using flaggers instead of police details, and making auto insurance competitive.?And the government that has delivered those reforms has more women and minorities in leadership positions than ever before.
Today, our budgets are balanced, our rainy day fund is one of the strongest in the country, and we have the highest bond rating in Commonwealth history.
And today in Massachusetts, you can marry whomever you love.
I know there is unfinished business. But I also know that we are a more prosperous, more promising and more just Commonwealth for more people today.
I know that Massachusetts is back in the leadership business, and that the state of our Commonwealth is strong.
There are three noteworthy reasons for these results:
First, our strategy for growth is sound.
It’s all about investing time, ideas and money in education, innovation and infrastructure.?
  1. We invest in?education?because that’s the single best way to prepare our people for work and for life.
  2. We invest in?innovation?because focusing on industries that depend on our kind of concentration of brainpower is the best way to play to our strengths.
  3. And we invest in?infrastructure?because these are the things the public builds as a platform for private investment and personal ambition.
That strategy creates jobs now, and sustained growth into the future. It’s the right strategy.
The second reason for our progress is that we work together.?No, we don’t agree on everything, and I never expected we would. But we have shown that we don’t have to agree on everything before we work together on anything, and that you don’t have to hate the person with whom you disagree.?By shaping and reshaping each other’s ideas, by concentrating on what’s meaningful, and by providing the tools needed to get the job done, we execute our strategy collaboratively.?
The third reason we have produced the results we have is that we have governed for the long-term. In government, just like in business, there is enormous pressure to manage for the short-term, to lurch from crisis to crisis. I am determined to keep our focus on the next generation not the next news cycle.?And more often than not you have shared that discipline.?That, too, has mattered.
So, as I am thanking others, let me also and especially thank you, Mr. Speaker and Madame President, and all the members of the Legislature and of the administration, from the senior leaders to the junior staff, for working with me and above all with each other, and for toiling honorably every day on behalf of the best long-term interests of the people of the Commonwealth. I hope you share my pride in our Commonwealth’s undeniable progress.
Yet, even as we celebrate that progress tonight, some things have not changed enough.?
We lead the country in student achievement but some of our students remain stuck in achievement gaps.?We’re using better tools to combat youth violence but still lose too many people to a cycle of violence.?We are the only state to guarantee emergency shelter but too many people need it.?
As we emerge from recession, for those?already?college educated and with transferable skills, the knowledge-based job market is wide open.?For those?already?with money to invest, the resurgence of the Dow is great news. Our economy is growing, booming in some quarters.?But we are leaving some of our neighbors behind.?The recession is not over for everybody. It’s not just that income inequality is widening; it’s that it’s harder for average people to bridge that gap and get ahead.?
If we are to be in the leadership business, we need to lead in rebuilding the ladder to success. Because there are children here in our own Commonwealth tonight whose future is still defined by the zip code in which they were born. ?
I was once one of those kids.?And for all my many blessings I have not forgotten.?I see the working poor struggling to keep their heads above water.?I see the middle class family one paycheck away from being poor. I see the person who has been out of work for a year and has lost not just her way but her self-confidence.?I see the parents working two and three jobs and sacrificing everything so their kids can go to a school that sometimes doesn’t meet their needs.
I see those people.?And so do you.?For too many of our neighbors, the American Dream is in trouble. And, I refuse to accept that their Dream is out of reach. Government cannot deliver all of that on its own, but government – we here in this chamber tonight – have a solemn duty to help all of our people help themselves.???
The single most important solution is economic growth, growth that reaches out to the marginalized not just up to the well-connected. An expanding economy needs well-prepared and competitive talent of all kinds. It needs inventors and innovators and investors. It needs techies and carpenters, teachers and cooks, Ph.Ds. and plumbers. Economic growth lifts us all.
Our strategy is a proven path to job growth, to helping people help themselves.?So, tonight, I am asking you to recommit to that strategy and to working together to meet our citizens’ unmet needs.?
Education
First and foremost, let’s keep leading in education. Let’s make quality early education and all-day kindergarten available to more young children. Let’s keep lifting higher our strong public schools and keep strengthening our weaker ones. And let’s give our public colleges and universities the resources they need to freeze tuition and fees once again. Let’s keep going.
Innovation
Let’s keep playing to our strengths by supporting the life sciences and advanced manufacturing, by expanding our clean tech initiatives, including in the burgeoning water technology cluster, by encouraging technology clusters of every kind. Each of these sectors has seen very strong job growth and very strong investment, in both small companies and large ones, well outpacing the average.?This is where our present and our future lie.
Working together we can double the size of our innovation economy in the next decade. Let’s keep going.
Infrastructure
And let’s keep rebuilding our infrastructure.?This year, we will open the Assembly Square station in Somerville and the Yawkey station in Boston; increase commuter rail service to Worcester; resume seasonal service to the Cape; and launch automated tolling.?With your help, Mr. Speaker and Madame President, we can begin construction on the Silver Line to Chelsea, the I-91 viaduct in Springfield, and the last mile of broadband in underserved communities. We can hire the builder for new Red line and Orange line trains, and start building them right here in Massachusetts.?And yes, in this year, we can accelerate construction on South Coast Rail.?
So, I ask the Legislature to pass the bond bills before you now so that we can put more people to work and deliver the public works worthy of a world class economy.?Let’s keep going.
Our growth strategy is wise, our execution is collaborative, and our eye is on the future. Let’s continue that progress in 2014.
Effective Government
And I pledge that?we?in this administration will continue?our?work to make government more effective. From a local housing authority to the crime lab, from the Boston area main water supply to compounding pharmacies, we have dealt with serious failings before.?Now, we must strengthen the Department of Children and Families and fix the Connector’s website. It’s inexcusable to lose any child we are charged with protecting.?And it’s frustrating to offer a public convenience that is anything but convenient.?Time after time, when problems arise, we have kept our wits about us, gathered the facts soberly and thoughtfully, and stepped up to find solutions, not just fault.?Now, as in the past, we will do it again.
Progress on any of these fronts, whether on legislation, on investing or on reforms, will like always take working together, and elevating the public good above all.
Challenge to Our Partners
As I ask for the continued partnership of policymakers, and pledge my own, I also ask for the continued partnership of the public. I am thankful for the strong working relationships we have with municipalities, with the business community, with organized labor, and with citizens themselves.?But working together has to mean more than cooperating for the good of your own interests. It has also to mean cooperating for the common good.?
The Commonwealth has worked hard and well to strengthen cities and towns.?Ably led by former Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, we have done much good together. Education funding and local aid have grown half a billion dollars since when we got here.?At the same time, we have doubled local capital investments. Through health reform, telecom reform, pension reform, and the local option meals and rooms tax, we have delivered some $3.8 billion more in new savings and revenues as well. ?
This Commonwealth has done much to respond to the needs of local cities and towns. Now, I ask you to do what only you can do: Make your local permitting processes timely and more predictable, so that small businesses can get up and running smoothly and reduce their business costs.?Work with us to fix the retiree health system so that it is both fair and fiscally sustainable.?And, yes, hold the line on local property taxes.?
This Commonwealth is working with municipalities for the good of municipal interests.?Work with us now for the common good.
This Commonwealth has been a friend to organized labor as well.?We’ve worked together to make organizing easier through card check legislation, and by extending the right to organize to Personal Care Attendants and Home-based Early Ed Providers.?We’ve worked together to crack down on the misclassification of workers and the abuse of wage and hour laws.?We’ve used project labor agreements on large, complex infrastructure projects where we can show (and you can deliver) significant savings.?And we’ve given you a seat at the table in my Cabinet and in every major reform we have undertaken.?I am proud of our work with Massachusetts unions.
Now, I ask you to work with us to reform our unemployment insurance system.?We ought to change the incentives in our UI system to encourage the hiring of the long-term unemployed, to make it easier for those on unemployment to start their own business, and to make it more straightforward for companies to comply. I submit that we can have a system that encourages hiring, not one that raises even a second thought about it.?
This Commonwealth is working with labor for the good of labor interests. Work with us now for the common good.
This Commonwealth has been a friend to business as well.?You have advocated for what you need to flourish and, in the spirit of partnership, we have responded time and again. We have eliminated or simplified over 210 outdated regulations; reduced the permitting time for state approvals from two years to less than 60 days; cut business taxes three times; slowed the growth in health care premiums; reduced auto insurance premiums; realigned our workforce training programs; frozen unemployment insurance rates; expanded science, math and technology education; and much more. By any reasonable measure, Massachusetts is a more competitive place for business today than it was seven years ago.? And I am proud of that.
Now, I ask Massachusetts businesses to do what only you can do to grow our economy. Hire somebody.?Hire a graduate of one of our sterling colleges or someone who’s been out of work too long. Hire someone with a disability or a CORI, or a student looking to help his or her family make ends meet.?We offer training grants and a community college system that is better integrated than ever to meet your skills needs, and I have been all over the world to open new markets for you.?Use these tools.?Hire somebody.?
And let’s work together to raise the minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage would bring a little relief to the working poor, many of whom do jobs we could not live without and who, by the way, will recycle that money right back into the economy. To those who are reluctant to raise the minimum wage, I ask only that, before you resolve to oppose it, consider whether?you?could live on it.?
This Commonwealth is working with business for the good of business interests. Work with us now for the common good.
And I challenge all citizens to consider what they can do to make our Commonwealth stronger.?We have put every element of the budget and the state’s checkbook on line for anyone to see.?We have encouraged service opportunities for middle-schoolers through Project 351 and for others through Commonwealth Corps. We must and we will this year, I believe, enact legislation to make registration easier and voting more convenient.?All this and more is about making government more accessible for you to shape and to strengthen – the way a democracy is supposed to work.
So, for the good of the Commonwealth, I ask you to get engaged.?Learn about the candidates for local and statewide office, work on a campaign, register to vote, and show up to vote on Election Day.?Run for office yourself.?Step up and lead.?Find a way to serve your neighbors, your schools and your community.?And insist from us and from each other a modicum of civility as the condition for serving you.?If you want a better Commonwealth, don’t just sit on the sidelines and complain.?Because in a strong community we have a stake in each other’s dreams and struggles, as well as our own.?
Why Growth Matters
With all of us doing what we can, with effective implementation of our strategy and our eye on the common good, we can be confident of sustained economic growth.?Economic growth matters -- not just because it creates wealth, though that is good; and not just because it expands a given industry or reduces unemployment rates, though that is also good.?Growth matters because it creates opportunity, and opportunity is fundamental to who we are.
Every one of us has a stake in that.
Creating opportunity, keeping the Dream within reach, is the agenda now, just as it has been for the past seven years. Frankly, it is the only agenda I have ever had in this job and the only one worth having.?
Conclusion
I expected that serving as your governor would be the great honor of my professional life.?But I didn’t expect it to be so enlightening, so humbling, and so much fun.?And I want to thank the people of Massachusetts for that.
I also knew that the people of Massachusetts were caring and generous.?I knew that from my life here well before I was ever governor, and from the countless, quiet gestures of encouragement shown me in the last 7 years. But I could not have been prouder of the kindness and grace on display in the wake of the Marathon bombings.??
The way first-responders and bystanders alike ran to help the injured; the way people offered their homes to stranded runners; the way we came together to grieve and support the families of those lost; the way we worked together to find the killers; the way we turned to each other, rather than on each other -- I still believe all this and more reflects the best of who we are.?
These?are the firm and big-hearted, pragmatic and compassionate people I know the people of Massachusetts to be.?These are the people, at the most trying moment in the last seven years, when the eyes of the whole world were on us, who showed the world and each other what a strong community looks like.?These?are the people, and?this?is the community, for whom I have brought for the last seven years, and for whom I will bring until the very last day, the best that I have and the best that I am.
So, now is no time for valedictories.?We have work to do.?Let’s get to it.
Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.