Since becoming Governor, I have assembled a team of talented and dedicated public servants to lead our sixteen state departments–and I have been working to formulate a fair and balanced approach to the challenges facing our state.
Yesterday, in my first State of the State address, I presented a plan that will balance the budget, speed up our recovery, result in increased revenues and create a healthy, functioning government.
Although our goal is to present ideas that are well considered and developed–products of conversations with lawmakers, academics, private businesses, workers, nonprofits, and community leaders–I am wide open to other ideas. I want to hear from you. Don’t hesitate to send me your comments, ideas, and concerns.
As I’ve said many times, the challenge before us is not to balance a budget. Our challenge is to ensure that our values and priorities are reflected in the decisions we make and actions we take. I am asking every person—each legislator, administrator, business owner, worker, advocate, teacher, doctor, parent—each and every citizen to help. Everyone must be prepared to contribute.
I’m counting on you…just as I know you are counting on me. I’m proud to be your Governor.