Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo addressed more than 350 Chamber members on Thursday, as part of the latest Government Affairs Forum.

DeLeo outlined his plans around transportation and education, the two areas he labeled as most critical to the Commonwealth’s economic growth. With transportation, he detailed his vision for scaled-back transportation funding, compared to the recent proposal from Governor Patrick. His goal is minimizing the burden on Massachusetts taxpayers, while still generating adequate sources of revenues, including some level of tax increases. His hope is to settle on the allocation of funding, prior to finalization of the state’s FY’14 budget.

On education, DeLeo reiterated his commitment to maximizing the efficiency of the state’s community college system, including a new program, STEM Starter Academy, matching student skills with the increased need for science, technology, and engineering talent among employers across the region.

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