Patrick to deliver final State of the State address tonight


BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Deval Patrick is putting the finishing touches on his State of the State address.

Patrick initially planned to give the speech last week, but had to postpone it because of a winter storm.

Patrick will give the speech at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

It will become something of a political warm-up. President Barack Obama has scheduled his State of the Union speech at 9 p.m.

Governors have typically used the address to preview their budget priorities, but Patrick was required by the state constitution to deliver his budget to lawmakers last Wednesday.

The speech will be the final State of the State address for Patrick, who is not seeking re-election.

Patrick says he plans to have a strong finish during a year when attention will likely shift to the campaign for his successor.


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