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Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Chairman Albert Coutinho (D-Essex) had the following published on

“By any measure you use, it’s clear that our state government has been extremely active over the past few years trying to change our state. In just the past eight months, the Legislature has approved and the governor has signed public worker pension and benefit reforms, a lower property tax cap and a budget that closed a multi-billion dollar revenue gap. For all the tough talk, this was all done in a bipartisan basis.

“While all these reforms both recently passed and on table are important, and I have supported and will support several of these pending ones, my frustration is that the new administration has failed to focus continuously like a laser on the main issue facing our state today — jobs…”

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