Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick met privately — and briefly — with Boston mayor-elect Marty Walsh at the governor's office Monday.
The governor and mayor-elect got off to a warm start. Patrick says he is looking forward to working with Marty Walsh — to bring economic opportunities to the commonwealth.
“We’ve just had a great conversation," Patrick said. "We’ve had a great friendship and a good partnership while he was here in the State House and we’re looking forward to continuing that in his new role as mayor.”
Walsh does not plan to give up his seat in the State House until the end of the year.
During their 20-minute closed-door meeting, Walsh says he and Patrick talked about their working-class backgrounds.
“Thirty years ago, our families might not have thought we’d be sitting in the governor’s office as the governor and the mayor’s office as the mayor," Walsh says. "I think that’s one of the things we have in common.”
On policy, both leaders say they support a measure that would raise the minimum wage from $8 to $11 dollars per hour.
A debate on that legislation is scheduled for Tuesday in the state Senate.