November 30, 2015/Press Releases


Republicans Slow Commonwealth’s Support for Key, Private Sector Success Story

BOSTON—The State’s private sector Life Sciences leadership continues to raise questions about Republican Gov. Baker’s support for one of Massachusetts’ leading business sector.

According to a recent news report, the Baker administration’s lack of long term vision regarding the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has caused great concern among those seeking to continue to build on the success created under Democratic leadership that made the Bay State a leader nationally in life sciences.

“Republican Gov. Baker campaigned on the promise of providing the private sector with greater predictability, however his administration’s refusal to share its vision for the future of the Commonwealth’s support of the critical life sciences sector shows he is clearly not living up to that commitment,” said MassDems spokesman Pat Beaudry. “Baker’s Democratic predecessor and the legislature left big shoes to fill in terms of backing our Commonwealth’s nationally leading life sciences industry, and his administration owes it to the thousands of people whose livelihoods depend on the sector’s continued success to be clear and open about future support.”

According to news reports the Massachusetts Life Science Center has not begun the grant selection process that has historically started in the previous year’s summer. Additionally, the Republican administration had no presence at one of the life science industry’s leading national conventions – causing many private sector leaders to wonder what level of funding they can count on moving forward.

This is yet another installation of the Promises Watch Campaign, launched to hold Republican Gov. Baker accountable for the many promises he made to the voters of Massachusetts during the 2014 campaign.