Governor Healey Inaugural Address Signals Alignment With Key A Better City Priorities

Written by Tom RYan, Senior Advisor on Policy, Government & Community Affairs

Governor Healey and Lt. Governor Driscoll took office on January 5th to start their four year term leading Massachusetts state government. During her inaugural address, Governor Healey discussed many of her early priorities, which include a number of ideas presented in A Better City’s State Government Transition Report. Over the past few months, the A Better City team has engaged with Governor Healey’s team to present research, analysis, and possible solutions on the challenges facing statewide transportation policies, climate resiliency and decarbonization goals, clean energy strategies, and land use plans. It is very encouraging to see Governor Healey announce specific commitments that are consistent with many of A Better City’s suggestions, including promises to create a Safety Chief for the MBTA, an Interagency Task Force designed to win federal infrastructure grants, and a Green Bank that can support new resiliency infrastructure efforts. You can read the full text of Governor Healey’s inaugural address here and A Better City’s transition report here. A Better City looks forward to learning more in the weeks and months ahead.

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