By Matt Murphy and Andy Metzger


STATE HOUSE, BOSTON -- Gov. Deval Patrick on Tuesday night used his final State of the Commonwealth address to argue for the legacy of progress he has left behind in Massachusetts over his seven years in office and to challenge those outside Beacon Hill - labor, business and municipalities - to partner on key goals over the next year to improve the economy and lift the working class.

"I know there is unfinished business. But I also know that we are a more prosperous, more promising and more just Commonwealth for more people today," Patrick said. "I know that Massachusetts is back in the leadership business, and that the state of our Commonwealth is strong."

In a 30-minute speech from the rostrum of the House chamber, Patrick reflected on the challenges the state has overcome since he took office, including a global recession, to become what he described as a leader in education, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing, and responsible budgeting.

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