State of the Commonwealth preview

Photo Credit: MGN Online
Photo Credit: MGN Online

BOSTON (WWLP) - After cancelling the State of the Commonwealth address last week due to snow, the Governor is poised to get his moment in the spotlight as scheduled Tuesday night.

People aren't expecting much from the Governor because it's his last year in office and he's not running for re-election, but his aides insist the Governor intends to end his term with a strong finish.

Governor Deval Patrick gets the red carpet treatment Tuesday night as he prepares to deliver his final State of the Commonwealth address. Last year, the Governor surprised everyone when he proposed an income tax increase from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent. This year, there won't be any major tax surprises, Patrick already released his state budget and it only includes minor revenue proposals he's made in the past, such as a candy and soda tax.

According to Gov. Patrick, "I am very, very proud of the progress we've made over the past seven years and confident that with these investments the future of the Commonwealth remains bright."

Aides to the Governor told 22News that in his speech he plans to fight back any perception that he's a lame duck Governor.

Sen. Don Humason, (R) Westfield, said, "I'd like to see him, you know, put a finishing touch to it after all these years and there's been a lot challenges."

Governor Patrick has said repeatedly he will not run for re-election, but his aides say he'll push an ambitious 2014 agenda that continues his growth strategy focus on education, innovation, and infrastructure. He'll also likely reaffirm his support for a minimum wage hike.

Rep. Michael Finn, (D) West Springfield, said "I think that he still has a main focus on education, which is important, higher ed, and I think it sends a positive message to the people of Massachusetts that those are still our priorities."

You can watch Governor Patrick State of the Commonwealth address at 7:30 p.m. live on 22News and streamed on WWLP.com.

President Obama's State of the Union Address will follow at 9:00 p.m.

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