— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 28, 2017
In a top 5 that also includes New Hampshire, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington, Massachusetts stood out in education (#1), health care (#2), and its economy.
The report praises the Commonwealth, stating, “Its vibrant academic environment, innovative and supportive health care policies and modernizing economy, measure for measure, make this small New England powerhouse with a population of 6.8 million the strongest state of all.”
On the morning of the announcement, Governor Baker sat down with hosts of “CBS This Morning” and U.S. News & World Report editor and chief content officer, Brian Kelly, to discuss Massachusetts’ strengths, accomplishments, and newest accolade.
“They can’t seem to do anything wrong,” said Kelly. Governor Baker noted that Massachusetts has a lot of smart people with amazing skills who know how to work together to get things done, adding, “people are okay with the ideas of compromise and collaboration.”
“Everyone should be proud that Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in health care access and public education for all citizens, and our administration will continue to build on these accomplishments to bring more economic success to every corner of Massachusetts,” said Governor Baker.
Among its many accomplishments, Massachusetts ranked well above the national average as #1 in enrollment for Medicare Advantage Plans, Higher Education Educational Attainment and College Readiness, and No. 2 in Patents Granted and Populations with Fast Download Speed. Massachusetts can also tout that 49% of residents have a college degree, and the high school graduation rate is 86% (well above the national average).
U.S. News & World Report notes the large amount of businesses that “move in, supporting the thriving economy in this state and the opportunities made available to people. The state is ranked fourth in the country for jobs with an unemployment rate of 2.9 percent, well below the national average of 4.7 percent.”
According to the article, Massachusetts is “a state whose fabric is woven with the modern and traditional, immense range and diversity, a formula that allows for tremendous innovation and growth.”
— U.S. News (@usnews) February 28, 2017
— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) February 28, 2017
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