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Governor Deval Patrick used his last State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night to call for a higher minimum wage, but focused more on burnishing his accomplishments over the last seven years than on laying out a forceful agenda for his final 11 months in office.
In a speech that often sounded more like a valedictory address than a call to action, Patrick argued that his strategy of spending on infrastructure, innovation, and education had helped make the state a leader in student achievement, health care, and other areas.
Using the refrain, “Let’s keep going,” he exhorted lawmakers to focus on those who have not benefited from the rising stock market or the growing economy, which he said is booming in some quarters, but leaving too many behind.