BOSTON, Mass., - Just before President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, Governor Deval Patrick gave his final State of the State.
The address was supposed to be last week, but the governor postponed it due to a winter storm. There were few surprises, as it also came a full week after he announced his proposed budget.
However, in his speech, Patrick emphasized Massachusetts' achievements in education, social programs, and development of small businesses.
"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," he said.
He also praised Massachusetts strength after some of the tragedies that occurred during his term, including the 2011 tornado near Springfield and the Boston Marathon bombings.