Reporting Jon Keller
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BOSTON (CBS) – Job creation is going slowly in Massachusetts. Only 2,500 new jobs were added during April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The local economy was the main topic when political analyst Jon Keller sat down with Governor Deval Patrick for an exclusive interview.
Patrick responded to a recent survey by hundreds of CEOs that ranked Massachusetts as the fourth worst state to do business in.
“We need to stop paying attention to that survey,” he said. “The fact of the matter is that today permitting is smoother and simpler and more predictable, which is something I undertook because the business community asked us to.”
Patrick also discussed the Secure Communities program and the “hatred” that he says he sees towards illegal immigrants.
“I think there is an awful lot of hate for people who are vulnerable, frightened,” says Patrick. “People sometimes ask me whether I don’t understand that illegal means illegal. You bet your life I understand illegal means illegal, but I also understand the difference between the death penalty for a speeding ticket.”