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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Chang-Diaz, Allen and MassDem respond to Charlie Baker's State of the Commonwealth address

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 Sen. Chang-Díaz responds to Gov. Baker’s State of the Commonwealth Address

BOSTON, MA - Massachusetts State Senator and candidate for Governor Sonia Chang-Díaz responded to Governor Baker’s State of the Commonwealth address tonight:

People across Massachusetts are looking for a Governor who will face problems with the urgency and tenacity that these times demand. We are still in the middle of a roiling pandemic and big issues, like climate change, are staring us in the face. I am disappointed to say that Bay Staters did not see that urgency in their Governor tonight. The people of Massachusetts deserve more.

We need a pandemic response that prepares for predictable problems ahead of time and prioritizes Bay Staters’ health and safety. We need to tackle the root of our statewide housing crisis by investing in our affordable housing stock and stabilizing neighborhoods. We need to actually phase in the Student Opportunity Act on schedule and expand early education access. And we need to fight climate change and close our racial wealth divide.

We know that these things are possible. But first, we need to elect leaders who won’t sit on the sidelines waiting to act — we need a Governor who’s not afraid to take on tough fights and act with urgency, even when it’s not politically expedient.

Danielle Allen’s Statement on the State of the Commonwealth

Boston, MAGubernatorial candidate Danielle Allen issued the following statement in response to this year’s State of the Commonwealth address:

“It’s been an incredibly tough two years in Massachusetts — whether it’s the pandemic, the climate crisis, racial injustice, or the strains on our democracy. Tonight, Governor Baker acknowledged just how difficult it’s been. I want to thank him and Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito for their work on these issues and for their dedicated public service. I was glad to hear they are working on a transportation bond bill. The devil will be in the details, and I hope it will rise to the challenge of achieving an ambitious transportation agenda. Their commitment to giving low-income workers, families, and seniors a break on taxes is also good to see, but there is also so much more work to do on lowering the cost of living, improving the quality of life, and investing in the people of Massachusetts.

“Despite these steps, times continue to be incredibly tough for families all across the Commonwealth. The job isn’t about getting back on track, because for too many Massachusetts families, we’ve been off the rails for a long time. We need to work together to reimagine what is possible for our state. This is not a time for business as usual. It’s a time for bold and decisive action. I got into this race to give Massachusetts voters a choice between the political status quo and a perspective ready to meet the moment.

“We need to tackle the housing crisis and the climate crisis, and lay the groundwork to emerge from this pandemic and build the green and healthy next-generation democracy we all deserve. And we can get there by committing to it — together. To a roof over every head, to electrifying our trains so we can get to work efficiently and fight the climate crisis, and to justice, health, and safety for all. To a democracy we can count on and where we all count. We need to commit as One Commonwealth, and get it done. That’s how we move forward — by linking arms, and forging a path towards transformation. Together.”

Statement from Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair Gus Bickford on the State of the Commonwealth

“Imagine a State of the Commonwealth delivered by Geoff Diehl. Need another reason to vote Democrat?”

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