Abbie Johnson and Deval Chat…About One Year Too Late

The dialog between Deval and Abbie was “fulsome” per Deval and the decision is “not reversable” per Abbie. Thanks for stopping by!

Below is a snipet from the account of the Fidelity v. Commonwealth of Mass. meeting. Looks like Deval feels better that he spoke up and Abbie feels better now that the meeting is over.

Gov. Deval Patrick met for 45 minutes today with Abigail Johnson, the billionaire president of one of Fidelity’s divisions and the daughter of its chairman, to discuss the company’s recent decision to move nearly 1,100 jobs out of Massachusetts.

The governor called the exchange “fulsome and candid.” He said Johnson had apologized to him for informing him of the move while he was away in England, but said “that decision is made, had been made some time ago, and is not reversible.”

Patrick said he considers Fidelity to be “a Massachusetts icon” and therefore feels some “wounded pride” over the company’s decision to move multiple jobs to New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Wouldn’t it be cool if Deval made the following announcement:

Deval: Today I met with Abigail Johnson from Fidelity, a Massachusetts Icon. We’ve agreed that Ms. Johnson would Chair a study committee consisting of prominent Massachusetts business leaders for the purpose of determining how the Commonwealth can stay competitive in a market that clearly has forced businesses, both small and large, to look for municipal partners that understand the challenges facing business leaders across the Commonwealth. Both Ms. Johnson and myself have agreed that Massachusetts must reduce unnecessary operating costs and regulation if those are issues driving employers from the Commonwealth. Ms. Johnson has agreed to report back to me by Labor Day with the committee’s finding. It is truly my hope that with the leadership of Ms. Johnson, a robust package of business reforms can be part a future discussion here in the Commonwealth. Both Ms. Johnson and I have agreed that our goal needs to include retaining jobs and regaining our worldwide reputation as a good and vibrant place to manage a business and raise a family. On behalf of the Commonwealth I would again like to thank Ms. Johnson for her willingness to work with me as we determine a way to keep Massachusetts economically competitive.

Instead Ms. “Johnson ignored shouted questions from reporters as she departed the governor’s office and ducked into a nearby elevator.”

At least the real conversation was “fulsome.”…

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