Charlie Baker in 2017 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Energy & Oil: Reduce carbon footprint while maintaining supply of energy

Together [with the Legislature], we passed landmark legislation that will reduce our carbon footprint while maintaining a competitively priced and reliable supply of energy. And we've built on those efforts by issuing an Executive Order on Climate Change that directs state government to work with local governments, business, and non-profits to develop plans to further protect our environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Massachusetts Legislature Jan 24, 2017

On Homeland Security: $4,000 tax credit for hiring unemployed veterans

Too many of our returning heroes struggle to find good jobs. Jesse Brown and Matt Mastroianni the founders of Heidrea Communications of Plymouth and Bellingham are with us tonight. Heidrea constructs, maintains and repairs cell towers, a booming business in today's wireless world.

After serving our country as United States Marines they both joined a large firm in the cell tower space. In 2007, they left the comfort of a big company to start their own. The beginning was rocky, but today they employ 70 people. Almost half of whom are veterans like them. And their future is bright.

Like many small businesses, they want to hire and employ our veterans. We should make it easier for them to get it done. So we'll be proposing a $4,000 tax credit for businesses hiring and retaining an unemployed veteran.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Massachusetts Legislature Jan 24, 2017

On Technology: Last Mile program: high-speed internet for rural communities

We all know that High-speed internet has become central to the ways we communicate, learn and do business. But too many communities in Western Mass still don't have access to this essential service. That's why this past May we completely overhauled the Last Mile program for our rural communities.

We started with 53 towns lacking high speed internet access. And while there's still more work to be done, in just six months we've moved a dozen towns forward.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Massachusetts Legislature Jan 24, 2017

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