Though Governor Patrick continues to claim Massachusetts’ economy is on the road to recovery, news of a spike in unemployment seems to suggest otherwise. As The Capitol View reported, Governor Patrick and his administration have made claims that federal stimulus money provided to the state saved or created more than 23,000 jobs. While the administration has been scrambling around trying to prove that claim, last week media outlets reported that the national unemployment rate has risen to 10.2%, the highest since 1983. Massachusetts unemployment numbers are doing out later this month, but the Commonwealth’s rate was at an all time high last month.
Perhaps it is time we pick up the pace in the Legislature and get to work on legislation that will benefit the people of Massachusetts, not the political allies of the Democrats on Beacon Hill. This economic crisis isn’t going away any time soon and the more we put it off, the worse it will become.