Boston mayor touts city’s progress in State of City address

Mayor Marty Walsh is touting Boston’s progress as he enters his third year in office.

The Democrat said Tuesday in his annual State of the City address that the city is "as strong as it’s ever been."

Walsh says homicides have fallen to a 16-year low while unemployment is at a 14-year low.

He says Boston ended the year with a budget surplus despite $40 million in plowing costs from 2015’s historic winter.

Walsh says General Electric’s decision to relocate its global headquarters from Fairfield, Connecticut, to Boston shows the city is a magnet for talent and investment.

The city’s other achievements include opening a new homeless shelter and launching a non-emergency hotline for city services.

Walsh outlined a variety of initiatives for 2016 in education, housing and economic development.

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