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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker

Massachusetts State House Office of the Governor Office of the Lt. Governor Room 280

Charlie Baker was inaugurated on January 8th, 2015 as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Elected in November of 2014 on a platform of making Massachusetts great for everyone, Governor Baker's arrival in the Corner Office continues a long, successful career in both the private sector and public service where he has worked hard to put the people of Massachusetts first.

Governor Baker is committed to making Massachusetts a truly great place to live, work, start a business and raise a family. As Governor, he has pledged to work toward a growing economy with family-sustaining jobs; ensure that schools across the Commonwealth provide opportunity for every child regardless of zip code; and make Beacon Hill a true partner with our local governments to create safer and thriving communities across Massachusetts.

Over the course of his career, Governor Baker has been a highly successful leader of complex organizations in business and in government. As a cabinet secretary under Governors William Weld and Paul Cellucci, Baker helped lead efforts to reform and modernize state government. During his time as Chief Executive Officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Baker turned a company on the brink of bankruptcy into the nation's highest ranked health care provider for six straight years.

As a member of the Weld and Cellucci Administrations in the 1990s, Baker helped turn a billion-dollar deficit into a surplus, create a half million jobs, and enact an ambitious education reform agenda. First asked to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services in 1992, Baker led efforts to make Massachusetts' social service system more humane, cost-effective and responsive to the needs of the Commonwealth's residents. In 1994, Baker was appointed Secretary of Administration and Finance, overseeing a number of cost-saving reforms, modernizing state government and making it more efficient. Governor Baker was recognized for his leadership and innovation by the National Governors' Association in 1998 who rewarded him with the Distinguished Service Award.

As Chief Executive Officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care from 1999 to 2009, Baker led the company out of receivership to become the top healthcare plan in the country for member satisfaction and clinical effectiveness. During Baker's tenure, Harvard Pilgrim was named one of Boston Business Journal's "Best Places To Work" for seven years in a row.

Raised in Needham, Baker attended Massachusetts public schools and is a graduate of Harvard College. He went on to earn a Master's of Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Governor Baker and his wife, Lauren, have been heavily involved in numerous civic and charitable endeavors. They live in Swampscott, and have three children: Charlie, AJ, and Caroline.

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Governor Patrick Celebrates Opening Of University Of Massachusetts Center At Springfield

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Governor Patrick Proclaims Hispanic Heritage Month

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Governor Patrick Announces Nanobiotix’s Expansion into Massachusetts

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Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick September 15, 2014 announced that Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Colman Nee and Secretary of Education Matt Malone will attend the funeral services of Army…

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Governor Patrick Promotes Commonwealth’S Clean Energy Strategy At Offshore Wind Forum In Denmark

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK, NY -- Governor Deval Patrick on Sep 15, 2014 addressed Danish offshore wind industry leaders and government officials at a forum to discuss opportunities to grow the global offshore wind industry, including the emerging industry…

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Governor Patrick Announces Funding For Ruggles Commuter Rail Station Improvements To Increase Ridership And Improve Access To Educational And Economic Opportunities

USDOT Secretary Announces Award of $20 Million TIGER Grant for New Platform   BOSTON – Governor Deval Patrick On Friday September 12th joined US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to announce a $20 million federal Transportation Improvement…

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Governor Patrick Leads Life Sciences Innovation Partnership Forum In Denmark

Governor Patrick Promotes Global Collaboration with Massachusetts  Boston, MA -- As a follow-up to signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Massachusetts and Medicon Valley in 2012, Governor Deval Patrick on September 15, 2014 spoke…

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Governor Patrick Announces Lease Agreement With Cape Wind For Use Of The South Coast Marine Commerce Terminal

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick On Sep 12, 2014 joined Cape Wind Associate’s Jim Gordon to announce that Cape Wind has entered into a lease agreement with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) to stage its historic,…

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Governor Patrick Celebrates Grand Opening Of Schneider Electric’S Campus In Andover, Further Solidifying Massachusetts As A Hub For Innovation Technology

New Facility Will Serve as Company’s New North American Headquarters ANDOVER – On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Governor Deval Patrick joined state and local officials and Schneider Electric North America’s leadership to celebrate the…

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Fall River Resident Receives Madeline Amy Sweeney Award For His Selfless Bravery

13th Annual Award Presented in Memory of 9/11 Hero Who Risked Personal Safety to Save Others   Boston, MA -- The Patrick Administration’s Executive Office of Public Safety and Security presented the thirteenth annual Madeline Amy Sweeney Award…

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Governor Patrick Leads Innovation Partnership Mission to Denmark, United Kingdom and France to Grow the Massachusetts Global Economy

Mission will strengthen relationships with key global centers of growth, foster new partnerships in Europe   Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick September 4, 2014 announced he will lead a coalition of the Commonwealth’s government and industry…

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Governor Patrick Celebrates Opening of New Assembly MBTA Station

First New MBTA Subway Station in 27 Years   Governor Deval Patrick joined state and local officials and Somerville business owners at the opening ceremony of the new Assembly Orange Line MBTA station. Assembly is the first new MBTA station in 27…

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Governor's Statement on Market Basket Agreement

JOINT STATEMENT FROM MA GOV. DEVAL PATRICK AND NH GOV. MAGGIE HASSAN   “Market Basket is a major employer in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and an important local resource for the communities the company serves. We are delighted that the…

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Patrick Administration Announces Launch of Collaborative Workspace Program in Gateway Cities

Application Process Now Underway for $2 Million in Transformative Development Funds from Economic Development Bill Signed by Governor Patrick Boston, MA - Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki today announced the start of the…

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Patrick Administration Launches Mymassmortgage.Org

Website will assist potential home owners throughout all stages of home buying process Boston, MA - On August, 20, 2014, Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Aaron Gornstein announced the launch of www.MyMassMortgage.org, a website…

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Patrick Administration Announces Expansion Of Housing Development Incentive Program To Support Housing In Gateway Cities

Economic Development Bill Signed by Governor Patrick Doubled Size of Annual Tax Credit Pool, Allows Larger Projects to Qualify   BOSTON – Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki On August 15th announced the start of the…

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Governor Patrick Signs Economic Development Bill Expanding Growth and Opportunity in the Commonwealth

Re-files Legislation that Limits the Use of Non-Compete Agreements; Gives Communities Local Control of Liquor Licenses Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick August 13, 2014 signed H.4377 “An Act To Promote Economic Growth in the Commonwealth,”…

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Governor Patrick Signs Gun Safety Legislation to Help Curb Gun Violence, Protect Families and Build Safer Communities

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick signed H. 4376, "An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence,” long-awaited gun safety legislation that seeks to curb the gun violence that impacts families and neighborhoods across the Commonwealth.  …

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Governor Patrick Signs Investment Bill Continuing Unprecedented Growth In Energy And Environmental Protection

Boston, MA - On Wednesday, August 13, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed H. 4375, “An Act Providing for the Preservation and Improvement of Land, Parks and Clean Energy in the Commonwealth,” to help support continued growth in the…

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Governor Patrick Signs Legislation To Increase Access To Substance Abuse Treatment, Recovery Services In The Commonwealth

Boston, MA - On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed S. 2142, “An Act to Increase Opportunities for Long-Term Substance Abuse Recovery,” which removes barriers to treatment for individuals battling addiction, and puts in…

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Governor Patrick Swears-In Karen Charles Peterson As New Commissioner Of Telecommunications And Cable

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick swore in Karen Charles Peterson as the new Commissioner of the Department of Telecommunications and Cable (DTC). She was officially appointed Commissioner on July 15.   “I am delighted to welcome Commissioner…

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Governor Patrick Appoints Three Education Leaders to Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick August 5, 2014 announced that he has appointed three education leaders - Margaret McKenna, Katherine Craven, and Mary Ann Stewart - to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. McKenna has been named the…

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Governor Patrick Signs Legislation To Support Investments In Massachusetts’ Technology Infrastructure

Bond Bills Support Additional Investments in the State’s Facilities, Innovation and Education Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick signed H. 3770, “An Act Financing Information Technology Equipment and Related Projects,” which expands…

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Governor Patrick Signs Legislation Streamlining Operations at the Division of Professional Licensure

Bill Continues Administration’s Record of Improving Way Government Does Business Through Reforms and Efficiencies   Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick August 6, 2014 signed H. 4254, “An Act Modernizing Licensing Operations At The Division of…

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Governor Patrick Signs Legislation To Improve Oversight, Efficiency Of Local Housing Authorities

Bill Increases Tenant Involvement, Strengthens the Commonwealth’s Public Housing System Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, signed H.4374, “An Act Relative to Local Housing Authorities,” which will…

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Governor Patrick Cuts the Ribbon on Renovated Eliot Memorial on the Esplanade

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick July 30, 2014 cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Charles Eliot Memorial, located on the Esplanade. The memorial is part of the Patrick Administration’s commitment to investing in future infrastructure,…

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Governor Patrick Signs ‘An Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care’

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick July 30, 2014 signed S. 2283, “An Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities.” The legislation addresses the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision striking…

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Governor Patrick Tours Investments That Have Revitalized Downtown Lawrence

Public Infrastructure Investments Supported by Patrick Administration Have Created Growth, Economic Development Opportunities in Lawrence   Governor Deval Patrick today joined Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera and other local officials to participate in…

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Governor Patrick Vists Quincy Career Center To Celebrate Residents Across The State Getting Back To Work

Commonwealth’s 33 Career Centers Have Served 1.6 million job seekers Quincy, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick toured the Quincy Career Center to promote the range of programs and services offered by the Commonwealth’s 33 one-stop career…

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Governor Patrick Promotes Regulatory Reform Initiatives That Have Helped Businesses Across Massachusetts Expand And Succeed

Nation-leading regulatory reform process has led to 255 executive branch regulations being amended or eliminated; all 1,791 regulations reviewed for efficiency and effectiveness   Boston, MA - Building on a regulatory reform effort that has already…

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Governor Patrick Signs Legislation Prohibiting Possession, Sale, Trade and Distribution of Shark Fins

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick on Thursday, July 24, 2014, signed H. 4088, “An Act Prohibiting the Possession, Sale, Trade and Distribution of Shark Fins.” With this legislation, the Commonwealth prohibits the commercial possession and sale…

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Governor Patrick Announces Federal Funding For Community Improvements

$27.5 Million for 54 Communities for Housing and Infrastructure Upgrades, Child Care, Public Service Programs Governor Deval Patrick announced that 54 cities and towns from across the Commonwealth will receive $27.5 million in federal Community…

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Governor Patrick Signs Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

$36.5 Billion Budget Continues Proven Strategy of Investing In Education, Innovation and Infrastructure to Create Growth and Opportunity; Provides Funding to Support Critical Services   Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick today signed a $36.5…

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Governor Patrick Signs Pharmacy Reforms Into Law To Enhance Industry Oversight And Protect Patients

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick on July 10, 2014 signed into law comprehensive compounding pharmacy reform legislation, which allows Massachusetts to better protect patients inside and outside the Commonwealth’s borders. The Act includes new…

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Governor Patrick Breaks Ground on Lexington Route 2 Bridge Replacement Project

Project Will Replace Two Deficient Bridges Carrying Traffic Over I-95 Boston, MA -- On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick joined Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey along with state and…

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Governor Patrick Signs Legislation To Address Gas Leaks

Springfield, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick hosted a ceremonial bill signing for H. 4164, “An Act Relative to Natural Gas Leaks.” The law aims to ensure public safety, protect the environment, reduce costs and create jobs by reducing potentially…

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Governor Patrick Signs Domestic Workers Bill Of Rights Legislation

Bill Provides Basic Labor Protections for Home Workers   Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick hosted a ceremonial bill signing for S.2132, “An Act Establishing a Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights.” The bill extends basic work standards and…

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Governor Patrick Signs Legislation Raising Minimum Wage to Highest in Nation

Bill Strengthens Worker Protections, Reforms Unemployment Insurance   Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick June 26, 2014 joined legislators, organized labor, business leaders and worker advocates to sign S.2195, “An Act Restoring the Minimum Wage…

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Patrick Administration Approves Economic Development Projects That Will Create And Retain 1,378 Jobs In Communities Across The Commonwealth

Projects will leverage over $642 in private investment Boston, MA - The Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) today approved 10 projects for participation in the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP), which are expected to create…

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Governor Patrick, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Announce New International Program To Promote Collaboration

Universal Partnerships (UP) Program to Support Massachusetts Companies Forming Global Collaborations   Governor Deval Patrick joined officials from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) at the 2014 BIO International Convention to announce…

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Governor Patrick Touts Massachusetts’ Solar Success at National Industry Convention

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick June 23, 2014 touted the growth of the Massachusetts solar marketplace, delivering featured remarks at PV America, a solar industry conference that drew thousands to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.  …

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Governor Patrick Celebrates Immigrant Entreprenurship Successes In Massachusetts

Lynn, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick joined immigrant entrepreneurs and community members from across the Commonwealth to celebrate their successes in driving the Commonwealth’s economic growth and proclaimed June 15 - July 15, 2014 as Immigrant…

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Governor Patrick Joins Secretary Jewell To Announce Nation’s Largest Offshore Wind Energy Area Available For Commercial Development

742,000-acre zone off Massachusetts coast more than doubles federal offshore acreage available for utility-scale wind energy projects   Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick joined U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean…

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Governor Patrick Celebrates Grand Opening Of Pfizer’s New R&D Facility On Sixth Anniversary Of Life Sciences Initiative

Pfizer moves into Kendall Square with new 280,000 sq. foot facility Cambridge, MA -- On the sixth anniversary of his signing into law the Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative, Governor Deval Patrick today joined Pfizer leadership, life sciences…

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Governor Patrick Announces Funding to Support New Homeownership Opportunities Across The Commonwealth

Twenty-six Mortgage Lenders, Over 1,000 First Time Homebuyers Utilize Mass Homeownership Compact in its First Six Months   Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick announced new support for homeownership opportunities for first-time homebuyers across…

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Governor Patrick Announces Funding For New High School Clean Energy Internship Program

Celebrates Success of Statewide Technology, Life Sciences and Clean Energy Internship Programs   Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick today celebrated the success of internship programs run by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC),…

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Governor Patrick Announces Nomination Of Experienced Jurist Geraldine Shines To The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick on June 13, 2014 announced the nomination of Justice Geraldine S. Hines to serve as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC). Justice Hines, a highly respected Associate Justice of…

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Governor Patrick Celebrates Opening Of Fraunhofer Clean Energy Research Facility In South Boston

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, joined representatives from the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) to celebrate the opening of the center’s new building in South Boston’s Innovation District.…

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Governor Patrick Discusses Strength Of Innovation Economy; Touts Comprehensive Legislation To Stimulate Continued Growth

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick joined over 1,500 business leaders, entrepreneurs, students and professionals to discuss the strength of Massachusetts’ nation-leading innovation economy and the continued need to invest in these sectors to…

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Governor Patrick Announces Opioid Task Force Recommendations And Actions To Strenghthen Substance Abuse Prevention, Intervention, Treatment And Recovery Services In Massachusetts

Opioid Task Force recommends clearer pathways to treatment, expanded treatment beds, enhanced opioid education programs to help de-stigmatize addiction Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick on June 10, 2014, announced a series of actions to address…

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Governor Patrick Signs Agreement with Japan’s External Trade Organization to Grow Innovation Economy Partnerships

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick June 11, 2014 joined officials of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and CEOs of Japanese companies to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between JETRO and Massachusetts and to promote the…

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Governor Patrick Announces New Appointees To Board Of Early Education And Care

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick announced the appointment of Jay Gonzalez and Katie Joyce to the state’s Board of Early Education and Care. Massachusetts is the first state in the nation to create a Department of Early Education and Care to…

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Governor Patrick Appoints Experienced Prosecutor James Orenstein As Hampden County District Attorney

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick On June 9, 2014 named experienced prosecutor James C. Orenstein as Hampden County District Attorney (DA). Orenstein, who currently works on special projects for the Hampden County DA’s Office, will assume…

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Governor Patrick Breaks Ground On Tyringham Road Reconstruction Project In Lee

LEE, MA---Governor Deval Patrick on Jun 9, 2014 joined Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Highway Division Administrator Frank DePaola, state and local officials and business leaders to break ground on the reconstruction of…

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Governor Patrick Swears-In Maeve Vallely Bartlett As Secretary Of Energy And Environmental Affairs

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick swore in Maeve Vallely Bartlett as Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). Prior to today’s swearing in, Bartlett served as Environment Undersecretary. She replaces Rick Sullivan, who is taking…

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Governor Patrick Addresses International Renewable Energy Agency Council; Celebrates Massachusetts’ Clean Energy Leadership

Abu Dhabi, UAE – On Tuesday, June 3, 2014 Governor Deval Patrick joined Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia, Mass Clean Energy Center Chief Executive Officer Alicia Barton and others to promote Massachusetts’ nation-leading…

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Patrick Administration Supports U.S. EPA’s New Rules To Cut Carbon Pollution From Existing Power Plants

Massachusetts Leads Way on Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions, Cleantech Growth Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick and his Administration on June 2, 2014, praised the Obama Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the…

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Patrick Administration Makes Applications For Fourth Annual Round Of Massworks Infrastructure Program Available

Boston, MA -- Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki today announced that the fourth round of the annual MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant program will be open to new applications online between June 1 and August 29, 2014.  …

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Governor Patrick Participates in Cyber Security Panel to Discuss Security Initiatives in Massachusetts

Herzilya – Governor Deval Patrick May 29, 2014 participated in a Cyber Security Panel with members of the Massachusetts-Israel Innovation Partnership Mission 2014 to discuss the successful security initiatives in Massachusetts and collaborate with…

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Governor Patrick Announces Winners Of Massachusetts-Israel Water Innovation Challenge; Celebrates Construction Of Desalitech’s New Municipal Water Treatment Facility In Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel -- Governor Deval Patrick announced the winners of the first Massachusetts-Israel Innovation Partnership (MIIP) water innovation challenge. The Governor made this announcement with Israeli Chief Scientist Avi Hasson during the U.S.…

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Governor Patrick Joins Masschallenge To Announce Finalists For The Masschallenge Israel Competition

Startup accelerator supports high-growth entrepreneurs across the world, bolsters the Commonwealth’s innovation economy HERZLIYA - Governor Deval Patrick joined MassChallenge CEO John Harthorne to announce the 2014 MassChallenge Israel startup…

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Governor Patrick Honors Fallen Massachusetts Service Members

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick honored fallen Massachusetts servicemen and women at the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund’s Remember and Honor Event. The Governor was joined at the event by Secretary of Veterans’ Services Coleman Nee,…

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Governor Patrick Signs Legislation To Update Voting Laws In Massachusetts

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick signed H. 3788, “An Act Relative to Election Laws,”  updating voting procedures in Massachusetts to allow early voting and several other new provisions. Under the legislation, any qualified voter may vote…

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Governor Patrick Swears in Dr. Jeffrey Leiden as Co-Chair of the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council

Dr. Leiden will join Congressman Kennedy and Council members to enhance the Commonwealth’s economic and educational future in STEM Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick swore in Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vertex…

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Governor Patrick Announces $10.3 Million Investment To Build Playgrounds In Urban Parks

Taunton, MA - Governor Deval Patrick on May 20, 2014, announced a $10.3 million investment to build or renovate playgrounds and spray parks in all 54 cities in Massachusetts. Governor Patrick celebrated the launch of this new initiative at…

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Governor Patrick Signs Anti-Shackling Legislation

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick signed S. 2063, “An Act to Prevent Shackling and Promote Safe Pregnancies for Female Inmates.” The bill, sponsored by Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Kay Khan, strictly limits the use of restraints,…

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Governor Patrick Celebrates Groundbreaking for the Cochituate Rail Trail in Framingham

Trail Investment Made Possible by Transportation Bond Bill, Highlights Bay State Bike Week’s Focus on Healthy Transportation Framingham, MA - On May 15, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick joined Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)…

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Governor Patrick Announces Innovation Mission to Israel and United Arab Emirates to Grow the Massachusetts Global Economy

Mission will strengthen relationships with key global centers of growth, foster new partnerships in Israel and the United Arab Emirates Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick today announced he will lead a coalition of the Commonwealth’s government…

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Governor Patrick Awards Funding For New Innovation Schools Fellowships To Close Achievement Gaps And Increase Student Access To Higher Education

Innovation School Fellowship grants to support three potential Innovation Schools located in Worcester, Malden and Hudson Worcester, MA - Governor Deval Patrick on May 9, 2014, joined Secretary of Education Matthew Malone to announce $225,000 in…

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Governor Patrick Honors Graduates Of State Police Academy

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick joined Public Safety and Security Secretary Andrea J. Cabral and State Police Colonel Timothy P. Alben to welcome the 81st Recruit Training Troop to the ranks of the Massachusetts State Police. The 174 trainees…

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Governor Patrick Signs Agreement with Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture Governor Yuji Kuroiwa to Grow Innovation Economy Partnerships

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick May 7, 2014 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Kanagawa Prefecture Governor Yuji Kuroiwa to expand collaboration between Massachusetts and Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture in the innovation economy, with…

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Governor Patrick Announces $1.3 Million Investment in Springfield’s North Riverfront Park And Riverside Road Fitness Trail

Springfield, IL -- On Thursday, May 1, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick announced a $1.3 million investment in Springfield’s North Riverfront Park. The funding will allow the city to develop a public green space along the Connecticut River, in a…

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Governor Patrick Announces Funding To Support University Of Massachusetts Downtown Springfield Center

New Center will expand growth and opportunity throughout the region Springfield - Governor Deval Patrick on May 1, 2014, announced $5.2 million in funding to complete the construction and furnishings for a new University of Massachusetts (UMass)…

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Governor Patrick Announces Location Of UMASS Lowell Innovation Center, Awards Additional Funding To Complete Construction

Lowell MA -- Governor Deval Patrick announced the location of University of Massachusetts Lowell’s (UMass Lowell) new Innovation Center at 110 Canal Street in the Hamilton Canal District of Lowell. The Governor also announced $1 million in…

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Governor Patrick Signs Next Steps In Anti-Bullying Legislation

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick April 24, 2014 signed H. 3909, “An Act Relative to Bullying in Schools.” The legislation requires school districts, charter schools, approved private-day schools, residential schools and collaborative schools…

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Massachusetts Granted Additional Year To Help Small Businesses, Consumers Transition To ACA Compliance

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick was informed by United States Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that the Commonwealth has been granted an additional year to transition into full compliance with the Affordable Care Act.…

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Governor Patrick Announces New Support For Job Training, Employment Readiness Skills For Homeless And Low-Income Families

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick announced $1 million in funding to connect homeless and low-income families with services to help some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens overcome barriers to work and succeed in life. These Secure…

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Governor Patrick Signs Boston Strong License Plate Bill

Boston,MA - Governor Deval Patrick on April 18, 2014 signed H. 3664, “An Act Relative to a Massachusetts Boston Strong License Plate,” which directs the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to establish a license plate memorializing the victims of the…

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Governor Patrick Announces Nomination of Highly Respected Jurist Ralph D. Gants as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick April 17, 2014 announced the nomination of Justice Ralph D. Gants to serve as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC). Justice Gants, a highly regarded Associate Justice of the SJC and…

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Governor Patrick Announces Expansion of ‘Go Time’ Real Time Traffic System

Real Time Traffic Information System Launches Today on Cape Cod, Operational Statewide by 2015 Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick on April 11, 2014, announced that the “GO Time” real time traffic information system is now operational along…

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Governor Patrick Signs Valor Act II, Ensuring Continued Support For Massachusetts Veterans

Boston, MA - On April 9, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick held a ceremonial bill signing for S. 1878, “An Act Relative to Veterans’ Allowances, Labor, Outreach and Recognition,” also known as the “VALOR Act II,” underscoring the Patrick…

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Governor Patrick Celebrates Opening Of Joslin Diabetes Center’s Translational Center For The Cure Of Diabetes

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Grant and Matching Funds Build Innovative Center Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick today joined Joslin President & CEO, John Brooks and the President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center…

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Governor Patrick Launches 'Read, Explore, Learn More!' Series To Support Early Learning Opportunities For Children Across The Commonwealth

Governor Deval Patrick today joined state education officials and community members to launch the "Read, Explore, Learn More!" education series, underscoring the important role of the Commonwealth’s early education and care programs and…

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Governor Patrick Launches Prevention and Wellness Partnerships To Improve Care, Lower Costs

Governor Deval Patrick joined state health officials, municipal leaders, legislators, community members and medical providers to announce the launch of the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF). Part of Chapter 224 health care cost containment…

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Governor Patrick Celebrates Launch of Fully Electric Transit Bus Fleet in Worcester, Key Investments In Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Infrastructure

On March 27, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick celebrated the launch of a new fully electric transit bus fleet at the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA). The Governor also announced new investments in two programs designed to support alternative…

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Patrick Administration Approves Economic Development Projects That Will Create and Retain 1489 Jobs in Communities Across the Commonwealth

The Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) today approved 12 projects for participation in the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP), which are expected to create 638 new jobs and retain 851 existing jobs, in addition to leveraging…

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Governor Patrick Announces Massachusetts-Mexican Partnership For 30-Megawatt Solar Electric Project In Zacatecas

Mexico City, Mexico - Governor Deval Patrick on Friday, March 21, 2014, joined representatives from three Massachusetts companies, The Vertex Companies, Inc., Panel Claw and Solectria, and two Mexican partners, Constructora e Inmobiliaria Zacatecana…

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Governor Patrick Joins Massachusetts’ Desalitech and International Water Innovation Leader Veolia To Celebrate Partnership

Mexico City, Mexico - Governor Deval Patrick March 20, 2014 joined representatives from Massachusetts-based Desalitech Inc. and international water innovation leader Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, who have signed an agreement to bring…

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Governor Patrick and Massport Discuss Opportunities For Increased Business With Officials at The Panama Canal

Governor Deval Patrick, Transportation Secretary Richard A. Davey and Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn today met with Jorge L. Quijano, the CEO of the Panama Canal Authority, the autonomous agency that manages the Panama Canal, and viewed the Panama…

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Governor Patrick Signs $177 Million Military Bond Bill

Funding for Hanscom Air Force Base and Barnes Air National Guard Base will support economic growth for municipalities, aid national security efforts Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick last week signed H. 3736, “An Act Encouraging the…

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Governor Patrick Discusses Opportunities For Collaboration With Panamanian Innovation Leaders

Governor Deval Patrick addressed CAPATEC, the Panamanian Chamber of Information Technology and Communications, where he discussed the many opportunities for collaboration between Massachusetts and Panama in the innovation economy sectors.  …

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Governor Patrick Announces Steps to Preserve Snap Benefits for 163,000 Massachusetts Households

Cross Agency Initiative Will Restore SNAP Cuts Included in Federal Farm Bill Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick March 18, 2014 announced steps to preserve Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for approximately 163,000…

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Governor Patrick Announces MBTA Late Night Service Start Date

MBTA Late Night Service Pilot Program Will Begin Night of March 28th   Cambridge, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick today joined Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey and MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott, alongside…

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Governor Patrick Launches Women in The Workplace Initiative

Women’s Leadership Fellowship, Successful Women Task Force Will Address Issues in the Workforce, Grow Opportunity for Female Residents of the Commonwealth Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick launched the Women in the Workplace Initiative, which…

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Governor Patrick Announces Innovation Mission to Panama and Mexico to Grow the Massachusetts Global Economy

Mission will cultivate Massachusetts relationships with key Latin American centers of growth   Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick March 10, 2014 announced an innovation mission to Panama and Mexico. The mission will bring together leaders in…

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Governor Patrick Celebrates Grand Opening of Yawkey Station

New Station Allows for up to 40 Trips per day Between Worcester & Boston   Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick March 10, 2014 celebrated the grand opening of the new Yawkey Commuter Rail Station and the start of enhanced Commuter Rail service…

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Governor Patrick Signs An Act Relative to Unlawful Sexual Surveillance

Boston -- Governor Deval Patrick on Friday, March 7, 2014 signed H. 3934, “An Act Relative to Unlawful Sexual Surveillance,” which modernizes the Commonwealth’s criminal voyeurism laws to outlaw what is known as “upskirting.” The law goes…

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Governor Patrick Announces Nomination To The Parole Board

BOSTON – Governor Deval Patrick On March 4 announced the nomination of Tina M. Hurley as a member of the Parole Board. “I am very pleased to nominate Tina Hurley to fill the current vacancy on the Parole Board,” said Governor Patrick. “Her…

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Governor Patrick Announces $100 Million in Renovations at Logan Airport to Grow the Massachusetts Global Economy

Boston, MA - Governor Deval L. Patrick March 4, 2014 announced $100 million in renovations focused on better serving international passengers at Boston’s Logan International Airport. The project will include a new post-security connector between…

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Governor Patrick Appoints Jamie Williamson as Chair of Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick February 25, 2014 announced the appointment of Jamie R. Williamson as Chair of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). Williamson has served as a Commissioner of MCAD since 2010.   “I am…

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Governor Patrick Outlines Series of Reforms To Reduce Recidivism By 50 Percent Over The Next Five Years

Governor Patrick Outlines Series of Reforms To Reduce Recidivism By 50 Percent Over The Next Five Years Governor Deval Patrick today announced a package of sustainable, cost-effective criminal justice initiatives that will help Massachusetts reach…

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Governor Patrick Joins Masschallenge To Launch 2014 Round Of Global Startup Programs

Startup accelerator will support high-growth entrepreneurs across the world, bolster the Commonwealth’s innovation economy Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick joined Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and MassChallenge founder Akhil Nigam to announce the…

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Patrick Administration Awards Additional Funding for Innovation Schools to Close Achievement Gaps

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick February 6, 2014 announced additional funding for the Commonwealth’s Innovation schools to further the Administration’s commitment to close persistent achievement gaps, promote innovative and bold strategies…

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Governor Patrick Announces Series of Actions to Ensure All Residents Have Access to Health Care Coverage

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick February 6, 2014 announced a series of actions that will provide a clear path forward to developing a fully functioning website that will give residents easy access to the choice, benefits and expanded subsidies…

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Governor Patrick Tours New England Center For Arts and Technology’s New Education And Training Center

$1.5 Million Investment is preparing Roxbury’s young people for careers in the culinary arts   Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick toured New England Center for Arts and Technology’s (NECAT) new education and training center in Roxbury to…

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Governor Patrick and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Celebrate the Opening of the New Vertex Facility in Boston

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick February 4, 2014 joined Vertex Pharmaceutical’s leadership, industry stakeholders and state and local officials to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s new 1.1 million-square-foot global headquarters…

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Massachusetts Launches Landmark Initiative To Reduce Recidivism Among At-Risk Youth

$27 million Initiative is Largest Financial Investment in a Pay for Success Contract in the Country   Governor Deval Patrick announced the launch of the nation’s largest financial investment in a Pay for Success (PFS) initiative, which is…

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Patrick Administration Announces Funding To Support New Housing Opportunities In Local Communities

BOSTON, MA---In keeping with its commitment to invest locally to create growth and opportunity for all citizens, the Patrick Administration on January 24, 2014 announced that it will make $600,000 in planning grants available to cities and towns…

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Patrick Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Recommendation

Budget Proposes Investments in the Commonwealth’s Future to Expand Growth and Opportunity for all of the Commonwealth’s Residents   Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick today filed his Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) budget, a balanced plan that…

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Governor Patrick Appoints Rachel Kaprielian As Secretary Of Labor And Workforce Development

Commends Secretary Goldstein for strong leadership and results throughout her tenure Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick will appoint Rachel Kaprielian in January 17, 2013, the current Registrar of the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), as…

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Statement Of Governor Patrick - January 15, 2014

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick released the following statement:

“In light of today's jury verdict, Representative Henriquez should immediately resign from the House.”

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Governor Patrick Signs Executive Order To Create Safer, More Secure Schools

Task force will develop model school safety and security plan for districts across the Commonwealth Revere, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick on January 16, 2013 signed Executive Order No. 548 establishing a cross-Secretariat Task Force on School…

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Governor Patrick Announces $50m For Comprehensive Climate Change Preparedness Initiatives

Includes $40M to harden energy services   Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick announced a $50 million investment for a statewide plan to address the present and future impacts of climate change in Massachusetts. These investments will assess and…

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Governor Patrick Launches Next Phase of ‘Mass Hiway’ Health Information Exchange to Help Reduce Costs and Save Lives

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick January 8, 2014 launched the next phase of the Mass HIway Health Information Exchange, joining health care leaders at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) to demonstrate the innovative new tools that will…

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Governor Patrick Honors 33 DCR Lifeguards from Across the Commonwealth

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick January 7, 2014 honored 33 lifeguards at the State House for their exceptional service during emergencies at the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) swimming facilities during the summer of 2013. …

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Governor Patrick Announces Increased Investments for Roxbury Heritage State Park Improvements

$2M in improvements include archeological conservation lab, community history resource center   Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick December 19, 2013 announced investments in the rehabilitation of Roxbury Heritage State Park and a resource center…

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Governor Patrick Meets with Leaders of the Singapore Innovation Economy

Singapore - Governor Deval Patrick December 16, 2013 met with several leaders of Singapore's innovation economy to discuss opportunities for collaboration between Massachusetts and Singapore in the areas of Big Data, transportation, cleantech, life…

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Governor Patrick Meets with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy

TOKYO -- Governor Deval Patrick on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 met with United States Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy as part of the Massachusetts-Asia Innovation Partnership Mission. The two discussed foreign relations between Japan and the…

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Governor Patrick Meets With Prime Minister Of Japan Shinzo Abe

Governor Deval Patrick on Dec 11, 2013 met with the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe to discuss the potential for continued collaboration between Massachusetts and Japan and new ways to strengthen the economic and cultural relationship between the…

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Governor Patrick Joins Massachusetts’ Enernoc And Japan’s Marubeni Corporation For Joint Venture Announcement In Tokyo

International partnership brings Massachusetts innovation to address global energy challenges   TOKYO -- Governor Deval Patrick today(December 10, 2013) joined representatives from  Massachusetts’ EnerNOC, Inc. and Japan’s Marubeni Corporation…

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Governor Patrick Announces Global Partnership Between Massachusetts' Desalitech And Japan's Toyo Engineering Corporation

Deal Will Strengthen the Commonwealth's Growing Water Innovation Industry Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick on December 10, 2013 joined representatives from Japan's Toyo Engineering Corporation and Massachusetts-based Desalitech in Tokyo to…

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Patrick Administration Launches 'Partners in Public Service' - Early Education Meeting in Springfield

Patrick Administration Launches "Partners in Public Service" Initiative First Meeting on Early Education and Care Held in Western Massachusetts Springfield, MA -- In further demonstration of Governor Patrick's commitment to be the Governor of the…

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Governor Patrick Welcomes Retiring National Gaurdsman David Costa To State House

Boston, MA -- Governor Patrick welcomed the retiring State Command Sergeant Major (CSM) of the Massachusetts National Guard David Costa to congratulate him on his retirement and to thank him for his 44 years of exemplary service in the United States…

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Governor Patrick Appoints Retired Judge Barbara Dortch-Okara As State Ethics Commission Chair

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick announced the appointment of the Honorable Barbara Dortch-Okara to a five-year term as Chair of the State Ethics Commission. Dortch-Okara replaces outgoing Chair Charles B. Swartwood. "I am honored to appoint…

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Governor Patrick Announces Capital Investments That Will Create Growth and Opportunity for All Massachusetts Communities

Capital plan makes record Investments in education, innovation and infrastructure Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick today released his Administration's seventh Capital Investment plan. This plan builds on the Administration's efforts to stimulate…

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Governor Patrick Honors 22 Law Enforcement Officers At 30th Annual Hanna Awards

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick today honored 22 officers from state and local police departments during the annual award ceremony named for Massachusetts State Trooper George L. Hanna. “Every day, in countless ways, we are reminded of the…

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Governor Patrick Announces Late Night T Service

Service to begin next spring; trains and buses to run until 3 am Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick announced that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will launch late-night bus, subway and light rail service beginning next…

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Governor Patrick Announces SBA Assistance For Businesses Impacted By Hadley Fire

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick announced that the Small Business Administration (SBA) is making Economic Injury Loans available to the dozen Massachusetts businesses affected by fire that destroyed the commercial complex at 209 Russell Street…

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Governor Patrick Joins Volunteers And Staff At Project Place

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick joined volunteers and staff to participate in Project Place’s job training program and to prepare and serve lunch for clients of Project Place. Project Place was founded in 1967, and originally served as a…

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Governor Patrick Announces Infrastructure, Education, Open Space Investments That Will Create Growth And Opportunity In Metro South

New Science Building at Massasoit, Park at Brockton’s City Hall Plaza and support for Queset Commons in Easton   Brockton, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick announced a $27.4 million investment for a new Allied Health and Science Building at Massasoit…

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Governor Patrick Announces Trade Mission To Asia To Pursue Growth And Economic Opportunity

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick on November 15, 2013 announced he will lead a coalition of the Commonwealth’s government and industry leaders on a Massachusetts – Asia Innovation Partnership Mission to strengthen the state’s partnerships…

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Governor Patrick Celebrates Winning World Series Wager, Donates Items to Women’s Lunch Place

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick November 14, 2013 visited the Women’s Lunch Place to donate the Missouri goods sent to Massachusetts by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, making good on the pair’s 2013 World Series wager. The Governor was joined…

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Governor Patrick Breaks Ground On University Station

Westwood, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick broke ground on University Station, a major mixed-use development project including retail and restaurant space, along with housing opportunities that will grow jobs and opportunity in Westwood and the…

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Governor Patrick Announces A Three-Fold Increase In Funding For Cultural Facilities And Additional Funding For Infrastructure Investments

Investments in First Street Common renovation and Downtown Streetscape Master Plan will promote growth throughout the region   Pittsfield, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick announced a series of infrastructure, cultural and open space investments that…

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Patrick Administration Honors Massachusetts Veterans And Their Families At The State House

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick, Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz and Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) Secretary Coleman Nee gathered at the State House to honor past and present services members in Massachusetts. …

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Governor Patrick Hosts Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh and Hanscom Air Force Base Leadership at the State House

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator Edward Markey, U.S. Representative John Tierney and U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas November 8, 2013 welcomed General Mark A. Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the United…

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Patrick Administration Announces Project To Upgrade Outdated Systems, Preserve Historic Value And Expand Public Access To The State House Executive Office Space

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick announced that as part of the ongoing renovations and historic preservation efforts throughout the Massachusetts State House, the Executive Office will undergo a systems upgrade and historic renovation project…

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Governor Patrick Announces Number One Ranking In Energy Efficiency

Massachusetts leads the nation in energy efficiency for third consecutive year BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick On November 6, 2013  announced that for the third year in a row, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has…

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Governor Patrick Announces Additional Funding For Framingham State, Marlborough Infrastructure Improvements

Transportation and Education investments will bring growth and opportunity to the MetroWest Hopkinton, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick made three announcements relative to investments in infrastructure and education that will stimulate growth and…

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Patrick Administration Announces Loans Available For Massachusetts Fishermen

Small Business Association loans available to fishermen impacted by catch limits Boston, MA - Friday, November 1, 2013 - Governor Deval Patrick today announced the Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved his request for an economic injury…

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Patrick Administration Announces First Meeting of Early Literacy Expert Panel to Help Close Achievement Gaps in Reading and Get All Students to Proficiency by Grade 3

Expert panel will develop plan to streamline literacy efforts in MA and ensure all students have access to high quality literacy opportunities Boston, MA - Secretary of Education Matthew Malone October 31, 2013, joined education and advocacy…

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Governor Patrick Announces Expansion Of MBTA Silver Line, Creation Of Chelsea Greenway

Public Transportation, Urban Park investments will bring growth and opportunity to communities north of Boston   Chelsea, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick announced the extension of Silver Line service to connect South Station and the Seaport District…

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Governor Patrick Announces New Academic Building For UMASS Dartmouth, New Signature Park In Fall River

Education investment, new park will bring growth and opportunity to the South Coast WESTPORT, MA---Governor Deval Patrick on October 31, 2013 made two announcements related to education and open space improvements that will create opportunity and…

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Governor Patrick Announces Investments To Create Growth And Opportunity In Brockton

Additional investment to support redevelopment of Enterprise Block   BROCKTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick on October 29, 2013 announced over $11 million in additional funding for the City of Brockton through the MassWorks Infrastructure Grant…

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Governor Patrick Announces Investments In Transportation And Higher Education To Grow Opportunity In Central Massachusetts

Quinsigamond Community College to construct new academic building; WRTA to build new maintenance facility Worcester, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick today made two announcements that will create opportunity and growth for residents in central…

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Governor Patrick Announces World Series Wager with Missouri Governor Nixon

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon October 22, 2013 announced a friendly wager in advance of tomorrow’s World Series opener between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. Under the terms of the wager, if…

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Governor Patrick Announces Major Transportation Infrastructure Investments To Create Growth And Opportunity Throughout Greater Boston

Next phase of transportation investment will include new MBTA Red and Orange Line Trains, All Electronic Tolling on Mass Pike, Straightening Turnpike in Allston Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick today announced four historic transportation…

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Governor Patrick Proclaims October 14 – November 14 Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month

Boston, MA -- On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, Governor Deval Patrick celebrated the economic, civic and cultural impact of immigrant population on the Commonwealth by proclaiming October 14 – November 14, 2013 as the third annual Immigrant…

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Governor Patrick Meets With UK Secretary Of State For Education To Discuss Best Practices

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick met with the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Education, the Right Honourable Michael Gove, to discuss Massachusetts’ education policy and reforms and share best practices. Massachusetts…

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Governor Patrick Discusses Role Of International Collaboration In Creating Strong Global Economy

As part of his Massachusetts-Canada Innovation Partnership Mission, Governor Deval Patrick today spoke to members of the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations about the importance of international collaboration. “Massachusetts is home to a…

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Governor Patrick Promotes the Commonwealth’s Growing Innovation Economy at Mcgill University

Underscores the Administration’s efforts to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in Massachusetts As part of the Massachusetts-Canada Innovation Partnership Mission, Governor Deval Patrick October 11, 2013 met with recent graduates,…

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Governor Patrick Underscores Importance Of Innovation And Advanced Manufacturing Sectors To The Massachusetts Economy

Governor Deval Patrick this afternoon addressed leaders in the Canadian innovation economy and advanced manufacturing sector about the work being done in the Commonwealth to expand these vital industries. “Advanced manufacturing is an area…

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Governor Patrick Promotes the Commonwealth’s Clean Energy Sector as Open for Business

Industry leaders in Massachusetts meet with Canadian counterparts to discuss the state’s leading edge in clean energy sector Governor Deval Patrick October 11, 2013 joined Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan and…

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Governor Patrick Visits Digital Games Start-Up Accelerator Inmontreal To Strengthen Emerging Video And Digital Gaming Industry

As part of the Massachusetts – Canada Innovation Partnership Mission, Governor Deval Patrick October 10, 2013 met with digital gaming start-up companies and industry leaders in Montreal to identify opportunities for collaboration between…

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Governor Patrick Joins Quebec Life Sciences Industry Leaders For Discussion On Public-Private Partnership

MONTREAL – As part of the Massachusetts-Canada Innovation Partnership Mission, Governor Deval Patrick today joined Pierre Duchesne, Quebec’s Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, and leaders from the life…

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Governor Patrick Celebrates Opening Of Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts’ New Center For Science And Innovation

New Center Vital to Berkshire County Economic Development; Underscores the Patrick Administration’s Record Investment in Education North Adams, MA -- Building on the Patrick Administration's commitment to creating an excellent education…

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Governor Patrick Celebrates Successes Of Health Care Reform, Discusses Work Ahead On Cost-Containment At Health Care Cost Trends Hearing

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick today discussed the successes of health care reform in Massachusetts and the process of reigning in the high cost of health care at the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission’s First Annual Health Care Cost…

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Governor Patrick Celebrates 25th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month

BOSTON, MA – Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - Governor Deval Patrick today celebrated the 25th annual Hispanic Heritage Month during an event at the State House. Throughout the month, Governor Patrick and leaders from the Administration have been…

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Annual Health Care Cost Trends Hearing Kicks Off with Governor Patrick

WHAT: Governor Deval Patrick will kick-off the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission’s Annual Health Care Cost Trends Hearing at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The Health Policy Commission is the new watchdog agency responsible for…

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Governor Patrick Announces Trade Mission to Canada to Pursue Job Growth and Economic Opportunity

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick September 26, 2013 announced he will lead a delegation of the Commonwealth’s government leaders on a Massachusetts – Canada Innovation Partnership Mission to strengthen the state’s partnership…

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Governor Patrick Announces Boston Municipal Court And District Court Nominations

BOSTON – Governor Deval Patrick On September 25, 2013 announced three judicial nominations: Cynthia M. Brackett as Associate Justice of the Taunton District Court; John P. Stapleton as Associate Justice of the Fall River District Court; and…

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Patrick Administration Awarded $11.67 Million U.S Department of Labor ‘Pay for Success’ Grant

Commonwealth pursues next step for performance-based investments to spur innovative solutions to social issues, achieve better outcomes and save taxpayer dollars Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick September 23, 2013 announced that Massachusetts…

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Patrick Administration Celebrates Opening Of DCR’s Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park In Somerville

Governor Deval Patrick today joined Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, executives from Federal Realty Investment Trust and state and local officials to celebrate the opening of Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park at Assembly Row in Somerville. The…

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Governor Patrick Visits Union School in Worcester to Celebrate Rapid Gains in Student Achievement

School to exit Level 4 or “Underperforming” status as a result of year over year improvement among students Worcester, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary of Education Matthew Malone on September 19, 2013 visited Union Hill…

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Governor Patrick Visits Union School in Worcester to Celebrate Rapid Gains in Student Achievement

School to exit Level 4 or “Underperforming” status as a result of year over year improvement among students Worcester, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary of Education Matthew Malone on September 19, 2013 visited Union Hill…

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Governor Patrick Signs Legislation Raising Age Of Juvenile Jurisdiction To 18

Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation that raises the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 17 to 18, opening up more opportunities for the Commonwealth's youth, at-risk population. “I am proud to sign legislation that creates a better…

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Governor Patrick Proclaims Hispanic Heritage Month

Governor Deval Patrick has proclaimed September 15, 2013 to October 15, 2013 as the 25th annual Hispanic Heritage Month in Massachusetts. Throughout the month, Governor Patrick and leaders from the Administration will be participating in events that…

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Governor Patrick Recognizes Massachusetts Army And Air National Guard Units For Wartime Service In Afghanistan And Iraq

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick and Major General L. Scott Rice, Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard, on September 17, 2013 honored the Commonwealth’s Army and Air National Guard units that have served in Afghanistan and…

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Governor Patrick Announces 11.8 Percent Clean Energy Job Growth

Solar Sector Thriving With More Than 8,400 Workers BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick on September 17, 2013 announced that clean energy jobs in Massachusetts grew by 11.8 percent between June 2012 and June 2013, the second year of double digit…

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Governor Patrick And Mayor Menino Visit Dorchester School With Focus On Inclusion

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas M. Menino today joined Secretary of Education Matthew Malone to visit Dorchester's Harbor Pilot School, which serves students in grades 6-10 using a full-inclusion model that allows students with…

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Governor Patrick Breaks Ground On Route 79/I-195 Improvement Project In Fall River

$197 million project the final of five Accelerated Bridge Program megaprojects Governor Deval Patrick joined MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey and local officials to break ground on the $197 million project to reconstruct the interchange of…

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Thomas L. Weber Appointed as Commissioner of Department of Early Education and Care

BOSTON, MA---The Patrick Administration On Sep 13, 2013 announced the appointment of Thomas L. Weber as Commissioner of the Department of Early Education and Care. This appointment follows the recommendation of the Board of Early Education and…

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Governor Patrick Launches New Cyber Security Competition And Workforce Training Program

Massachusetts to host Governor’s Cyber Aces Championship BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick On September 12, 2013 launched a statewide competition that will challenge the Commonwealth’s most talented and ambitious residents from local…

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Governor Patrick Celebrates Success Of Broadband Expansion At Phoenix Communications

Company grows from 23 employees to 104 Governor Deval Patrick today celebrated the expansion of Phoenix Communications, which engineers, installs and services fiber-optic networks in Shrewsbury. The company’s recent growth from 23 employees…

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Governor Patrick Participates In Series Of Events In Remembrance Of The Victims Of 9/11

On September 11, 2013 Governor Deval Patrick morning participated in the annual State House Commemoration of the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001. During the 9/11 Commemoration, Governor Patrick participated in the name reading…

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Governor Patrick Joins Regional Partners To Increase Access To Affordable, Clean And Reliable Energy

QUEBEC, CANADA---Governor Deval Patrick today approved six resolutions that will put Massachusetts on a path to increased access to affordable, cleaner and reliable energy sources and energy-efficient modes of transportation, more efficient disaster…

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Governor Patrick Honors National High School Principal Of The Year In Worcester

Governor Deval Patrick joined Secretary of Education Matthew Malone and other state and local officials to honor Worcester Technical High School Principal Sheila Harrity, this year’s National High School Principal of the Year in a surprise…

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Governor Patrick Kicks Off School Year At Stem Academy For Middle School Engineers In Auburn

AUBURN, MA---Governor Deval Patrick on September 6, 2013 joined Secretary of Education Matthew Malone to tour the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy for Middle School Engineers at Auburn Middle School. The STEM Academy is one…

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Governor Patrick to Join New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers to Strengthen Clean Energy Partnerships

Conference will enable Patrick Administration to further explore hydro-powered energy Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick September 6, 2013 announced he will participate in the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers’ Annual…

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Patrick Administration Announces Completion of Review of Individuals Potentially Impacted By Failures at Former DPH Forensic Drug Lab

Comprehensive list developed by David Meier will help bring justice to all impacted individuals Boston, MA - The Patrick Administration August 20, 2013 announced that David Meier has completed his review of all cases potentially impacted by a…

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Governor Patrick Announces $31 Million In Federal Block Grants For Community Improvements

38 communities receive funding for housing and infrastructure upgrades, child care and public service programs Governor Deval Patrick today announced that 38 cities and towns across the Commonwealth will receive $31 million in federal Community…

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Patrick Administration Celebrates Five Years Of Clean Energy Leadership

Governor Deval Patrick on July 24, 2013 joined Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan and others to celebrate the five year anniversary of four key energy and environment initiatives in the Commonwealth. “I am proud of the…

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Governor Patrick Signs An Executive Order Renaming The Massachusetts Military Reservation To Joint Base Cape Cod

Governor Patrick, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and Former U.S. Senator William “Mo” Cowan will Co-Chair the Commonwealth’s Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick on July 19, 2013 signed…

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Governor Patrick, Mayor Menino Announce Over $4 Million To Facilitate Economic Growth In Roxbury, Dorchester And Newmarket Neighborhoods

Investments will benefit Tropical Foods Supermarket, Bornstein Pearl Food Production Small Business Center and the New England Center for Arts & Technology, Inc. BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick on July 19, 2013 joined Mayor Thomas Menino…

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Statement of Governor Patrick on Transportation Finance Bill

July 19, 2013, with mixed emotions, I am vetoing the transportation finance bill. On the one hand, this bill, in its current form, enables us to reinvest in our transportation network, after decades of willful neglect. It provides some short-term…

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Governor Patrick Celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Massachusetts’ 54th Regiment

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick July 18, 2013 honored the famed 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment at a ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Wagner in Charleston, S.C. Governor Patrick, joined by…

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Patrick Administration Announces $4.5 Million In Grants To Improve Skills For Job Seekers And Employed Workers

15 grant partnerships, involving more than 100 businesses, to benefit 850 job seekers and incumbent employees BOSTON, MA---The Patrick Administration on Jul 17, 2013 announced the release of $4.5 million through the Workforce Competitiveness Trust…

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Patrick Administration Officially Opens Three New Fairmount Commuter Rail Stations

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick on July 17, 2013 joined Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey and MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott to officially open the Four Corners Commuter Rail Station and celebrate the…

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Governor Patrick Underscores State Investments In Public Higher Education That Are Making College More Affordable For Students And Families In Massachusetts

Students will avoid tuition and fee increases under FY14 budget Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary of Education Matthew Malone today joined Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, University of Massachusetts (UMass) students, President…

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Governor Patrick Announces District Court Nominations

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick on July 16, 2013 announced two judicial nominations: Cesar A. Archilla as Associate Justice of the District Court, Circuit; and Thomas L. Finigan as Associate Justice of the Stoughton District Court. “I am…

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Governor Patrick Signs Fiscal Year 2014 Budget

$33.6 Billion budget supports core programs and policies that will help build a better, stronger Commonwealth. BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick On July 12, 2013 signed a $33.6 billion Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) balanced budget that makes…

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Governor Patrick Signs Fiscal Year 2013 Supplemental Budget

Bill includes funding for summer jobs for at-risk youth; snow and ice removal costs Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick will July 11, 2013 sign a $125 million supplemental budget bill that includes funding for summer jobs for at-risk youth in…

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Governor Patrick Returns Transportation Finance Bill to Legislature with Amendment

Amendment will make funding certain in the absence of Western Turnpike tolls Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick July 2, 2013 returned the Transportation Finance Bill in its entirety to the legislature with recommended amendments, including a…

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Statement Of Governor Patrick On Transportation Finance Bill

BOSTON, MA---overnor Deval Patrick on June 26, 2013 released the following statement: “While I appreciate the efforts the conferees have made, the conference report would not provide the reported $805M in new revenue for transportation. …

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The Massachusetts National Guard Recognizes Former Lieutenant Governor Murray And Staff For Public Service

Military officials praise Murray, staff and Patrick Administration for leadership to strengthen Massachusetts’ work in military initiatives and veterans’ services The Massachusetts National Guard today presented former Lieutenant…

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Statement From Governor Patrick On The Supreme Court Ruling On Shelby County V. Holder

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Shelby County v. Holder: "The Court's voting rights decision today is disappointing. With so many jurisdictions moving to limit…

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Statement Of Governor Patrick On President Obama's Federal Climate Change Plan

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick today released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s plan to address climate change: “I applaud President Obama's bold leadership on climate change. The President recognizes our…

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Governor Patrick Announces First-In-The-Nation Academy Designed To Improve Access To Jobs In Manufacturing Sector

Announcement made at Commonwealth’s first manufacturing summit FOXBORO, MA---Governor Deval Patrick on June 20, 2013 announced the creation of the Advanced Manufacturing Regional Partnership Academy (the Academy), a first-in-the-nation…

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Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino Announce New Partnership Between Roxbury Community College and Madison Park Vocational Technical High School

First-of-its-kind partnership aimed at bolstering student achievement and preparing students for success in global economy Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas M. Menino June 18, 2013 announced a first-of-its-kind partnership…

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Governor Patrick Announces Nominations To The District Court, Boston Municipal Court And Parole Board

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick on June 17, 2013 submitted four nominations for the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council: Gerald A. Lemire as Associate Justice of the Uxbridge District Court; Jennifer A. Stark as Associate Justice…

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Governor Patrick and Education Officials Honor Educators From Across the Commonwealth

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary of Education Matthew Malone June 13, 2013, joined state and local education officials to recognize the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year and other recipients of the Commonwealth's top honors for…

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Governor Patrick Commemorates Opening Of New Broadband Network For Cape and Islands

Over 70 Key Community Facilities to Gain Access to High Speed Broadband Governor Deval Patrick today joined community leaders and public officials at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy to mark the beginning of operations on the new OpenCape…

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Patrick Administration Announces Funding for the Completion of the Neponset River Greenway Corridor

$1.9 million for design to complete bicycle and pedestrian path; connecting communities and improving the transportation network Boston, MA - The Patrick Administration today announced $1.9 million in capital funding to design the completion of the…

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Governor Patrick Welcomes President Humala of Peru to Massachusetts

Visit builds on the Administration’s efforts to expand growth and opportunity in Massachusetts and around the world Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick June 12, 2013 welcomed President of Peru Ollanta Humala to Massachusetts and reaffirmed…

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Patrick Administration Honors Graduates Of The Commonwealth Management Certificate Program

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick today recognized the 2012-2013 graduates of the Commonwealth Management Program (CMCP). Seventy-eight managers completed the program, representing all eight secretariats and 37 agencies across the Executive…

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Governor Patrick Announces Stanley Cup Wager With Illinois Governor Quinn

Losing Governor To Volunteer at Food Bank in Winning Governor’s State Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn today announced a friendly wager in advance of this week’s Stanley Cup final opener between the…

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Governor Patrick Announces Massachusetts Home Ownership Compact

Dorchester, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick today kicked-off Commonwealth Housing Week by announcing a new compact that creates a goal of providing 10,000 mortgage loans to first-time homebuyers over the next five years. The Home Ownership Compact…

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Governor Patrick And The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Announce Over $100 Million In Capital Grant Funding For Projects In Western Massachusetts

Grants to fund new life sciences research and industry partnerships at UMass Amherst and the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute Governor Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) today announced over $100 million in grants…

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Governor Patrick Joins State Wildlife Officials For Eagle Banding At The Quabbin Reservoir

Governor Deval Patrick joined Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan, Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner Mary Griffin and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) staff to…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Awards Improvement Grants for Massachusetts Farms

Westfield, MA - Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today, along with Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan, awarded grants totaling $700,000 to 11 projects that will help farmers improve their farm…

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Statement Of Lieutenant Governor Murray On Leaving Elected Office

“As I step outside the State House one last time as your lieutenant governor, I stand proud of the accomplishments we have achieved together over the past 6 ½ years. Looking back on my 15 years in public office – first as a city…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Announces New Leadership For Three Major Policy Initiatives

BOSTON, MA---As part of Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray’s transition, the Lieutenant Governor on May 30, 2013 announced new leadership to chair and oversee policies to end and prevent homelessness, substance abuse and sexual and domestic…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Announces $1.1 Million In Grants To Benefit Vocational Schools Across Massachusetts

Grants will benefit over 1,600 students Boston, MA -- Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today joined Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor and Secretary of Education Matthew Malone to announce the 25 recipients of $1.1 million in…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Announces Congressman Kennedy to Lead the Governor’s Stem Advisory Council

Boston, MA - Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray May 29, 2013 announced the appointment of Congressman Joe Kennedy to chair the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Advisory Council. Under the leadership of Lieutenant…

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Governor Patrick Signs Bill Appointing Officer Sean Collier Posthumously To Somerville Police Department

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick has signed H. 3450, “An Act Authorizing the Mayor of the City of Somerville to appoint Sean A. Collier a police officer of the City of Somerville.” The act posthumously appoints Sean Collier as an…

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Governor Patrick Appoints New Chair Of Roxbury Community College Board of Trustees

Governor Deval Patrick today appointed Gerald Chertavian as Chairman of the Roxbury Community College Board of Trustees. Mr. Chertavian fills the seat held by Chairwoman Kathy Taylor whom Governor Patrick has asked to join the Administration as…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Announces New Collaboration To Support Children Of Military Families

Bostan, MA -- The Patrick-Murray Administration today announced the creation of a collaboration to provide specialized training for early education and care providers to support the unique needs of the children of Massachusetts’ military…

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Governor Patrick Nominates Three Experienced Attorneys to the Industrial Accident Board

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick May 21, 2013 announced the nomination of three administrative judges on the Industrial Accident Board at the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA): Sabina T. Herlihy, Joseph Labadini and Yvonne…

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Governor Patrick And Mrs. Patrick Welcome First GrandchildBoston, MA -- Sarah Baker Patrick Morgese, the eldest daughter of Diane and Deval Patrick, and her husband, Marco Morgese, welcomed their son into the world this morning in San Francisco. Gianluca

Boston, MA -- Sarah Baker Patrick Morgese, the eldest daughter of Diane and Deval Patrick, and her husband, Marco Morgese, welcomed their son into the world this morning in San Francisco. Gianluca Noah Patrick Morgese arrived two months early,…

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Governor Patrick Calls Upon Hundreds of Educators And Workforce Leaders to Support Increased Investments in Education

Worcester, MA - Governor Deval Patrick, along with Secretary of Education Matthew Malone, May 20, 2013 kicked off the Commonwealth’s Future Ready summit in Worcester. The summit brought together more than 500 education and workforce leaders from…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Commends 104th Fighter Wing At Barnes Air National Guard Base As One Of The Country’s Leading Alert Sites

Westfield, MA -- Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today visited Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield to congratulate the 104th Fighter Wing for its recognition as one of the best alert sites in the country by the North American Aerospace…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Highlights Advanced Manufacturing Industry In Western Massachusetts

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray On May 16, 2013 participated in EASTEC, the largest annual manufacturing event in the Northeast, and highlighted how the advanced manufacturing industry is growing in western Massachusetts by embracing innovation…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Highlights Patrick-Murray Administration’s Commitment To Helping Unemployed Veterans At Boston Job Fair

BOSTON, MA---Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray On May 15, 2013 highlighted the Patrick-Murray Administration’s commitment to helping unemployed veterans during a tour of the Greater Boston Veterans Job Fair. “Our Administration…

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Governor Patrick Meets With Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny

Governor Deval Patrick, along with Senate President Therese Murray, On May 15, 2013 met with the Prime Minister of Ireland, or Taoiseach, Enda Kenny to discuss the Commonwealth’s ongoing commitment to expanding opportunities for economic…

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Governor Patrick Announces Probate And Family Court And Worcester District Court Nominations

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick on May 8, 2013 announced the judicial nominations of five experienced attorneys, one to the District Court and four to the Probate and Family Court: Stephen R. Anderson as an Associate Justice of the Worcester…

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Governor Patrick And Lieutenant Governor Murray Break Ground On New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal

New Bedford, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray broke ground on the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal, which will become the first port in the United States equipped to support offshore wind turbine deployment.…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Visits All Vocational-Technical Schools And Programs In Massachusetts

Boston, MA -- Following through on his commitment to visit all 64 vocational-technical education programs in Massachusetts, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today visited the 64th and final program with a tour of Taunton High School’s…

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Governor Patrick Honors ‘29 Who Shine’ Recognizing Outstanding Academic and Civic Achievements

29 Community College, State University and UMass Graduates awarded at State House Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick today presented the 29 Who Shine Awards, recognizing 29 public college and university students for their academic achievements and…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Welcomes Senator Warren And Congresswoman Tsongas To Join The Executive Committee Of The Military Asset And Security Strategy Task Force

Task Force continues to expand partnerships across all levels of government and industry to promote Massachusetts’ military assets Boston, MA -- During a meeting at the State House yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray welcomed…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Reaches 2017 Solar Energy Target, Sets New Goal

BOSTON – Governor Deval Patrick On May 1st joined Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan and other energy officials to celebrate 250 megawatts of solar energy installed – reaching the Patrick-Murray…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Supports Freight Rail Infrastructure Projects to Spur Economic Development

2012-2013 Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) Recipients Announced New Bedford, MA - Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray April 30, 2013 joined MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey and local officials to announce this year’s Industrial…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Requests Federal Assistance For Businesses Impacted By Boston Marathon Bombings

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick today requested federal relief for small businesses and private non-profits impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings that occurred on April 15, 2013. In a letter sent to the U.S. Small Business Administration…

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Governor Patrick Appoints Marian T. Ryan as Middlesex County District Attorney

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick today named Middlesex District Attorney’s (DA) Office General Counsel Marian T. Ryan as Middlesex County DA. Ryan will assume responsibility for all Middlesex County DA’s office operations and fills…

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Statement of Governor Patrick on FBI Photo Release

“I have been briefed on the status of the investigation and appreciate the progress the FBI and their partner law enforcement agencies are making. I join their call to the general public to look at the official photos and videotape on fbi.gov…

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Statement of Governor Deval Patrick

“This is a horrific day in Boston. My thoughts and prayers are with those who have been injured. I have been in touch with the President, Mayor Menino and our public safety leaders. Our focus is on making sure that the area around Copley…

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Governor Patrick Appoints Michael Pelgro As Acting Middlesex County District Attorney

Pelgro will serve as Middlesex County District Attorney until Governor Patrick appoints a permanent DA BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick April 12, 2013 named Middlesex County First Assistant District Attorney (DA) Michael Pelgro as Acting…

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Governor Patrick Nominiates Experienced Attorney to the Industrial Accident Reviewing Board

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick April 10, 2013, announced the nomination of Carol Calliotte as an administrative law judge on the Industrial Accident Reviewing Board at the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA). Carol Calliotte…

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Governor Patrick Opposes Short Term Transportation Fix, Values Generational Responsibility

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick on April 4, 2013 responded to the Joint House and Senate Leadership transportation proposal, making clear that the proposal does not meet the immediate or long-term needs of the Commonwealth. The Governor…

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Governor Patrick Lights First Section Of New Massbroadband 123 Fiber-Optic Network

On April 4, 2013 Governor Deval Patrick lit the first section of a new 1,200-mile fiber-optic network that will bring high-speed Internet access to underserved areas of western and central Massachusetts. The event was held at the regional…

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Governor Patrick Signs Retirement Community Consumer Protection Legislation

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick today hosted a ceremonial bill signing for legislation that will give residents of continuing care retirement communities additional consumer protections and housing rights. “We are committed to a policy of…

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DTA Launches 100 Day Action Plan To Enhance Program Integrity And Improve Client Services

Enhances data matching and strengthens program integrity policies to help address issues raised in OIG report Boston - The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) March 28, 2013 launched a 100 day action plan to enhance program…

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Statement Of Lieutenant Governor Murray On Mayor Thomas Menino

BOSTON, MA---Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray on March 28, 2013 issued the following statement on Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s announcement that he will not run for a sixth term as mayor this year. “For the last twenty years, Mayor…

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Statement Of Governor Patrick On Mayor Thomas Menino

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick March 28, 2013 issued the following statement on Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s announcement that he will not run for a sixth term as mayor this year. “It's hard to imagine Boston without Tom Menino…

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Governor Patrick To Nominate Six Administrative Judges For Reappointment To The Industrial Accident Board

Boston - Governor Deval Patrick March 27, 2013 announced his decision to nominate six administrative judges for reappointment to the Industrial Accident Board at the Department of Industrial Accidents: Lynn Coffin Brendemuehl, Omar Hernandez,…

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Governor Patrick Meets With Turkish Ambassador To U.S., Turkish Consul General In Boston

Governor Deval Patrick today met with the Ambassador of Turkey to the United States Namik Tan and the newly appointed Consul General of Turkey Burak Kararti, in the State House as part of an ongoing effort to strengthen the relationship between…

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Report Confirms That Governor Patrick's Life Sciences Initiative Is Creating Jobs And Economic Opportunity

Massachusetts leads the nation in creating jobs in the life sciences sectors BOSTON, MA---The Boston Foundation on March 26, 2013 released a report showing that the Patrick-Murray Administration’s investments in the life sciences sector are…

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Governor Patrick Announces Scholarships To 800 Massachusetts Students Pursuing High-Demand Careers

Aid Supports Students Entering Health Care, STEM, Business/Finance Fields BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick on March 26, 2013 joined Education Secretary Matthew Malone, Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland, UMass Boston Chancellor J.…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Launches Municipal Cabinet Tour

Series will engage municipalities; highlight Patrick-Murray Administration’s efforts to promote resources for cities and towns Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray on March 26, 2013 kicked-off the first in a series of meetings with the…

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Governor Patrick Meets With Colombian Start-Ups And Government Representatives To Further Massachusetts-Colombia Partnerships

Boston - Governor Deval Patrick March 22, 2013, met with several representatives from Colombian start-up companies, a follow-up to the Governor’s February trade mission to Colombia where he met with Catalina Ortiz, President of iNNpulsa…

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Governor Patrick Meets With Members Of The Brazilian Federal Congressional Delegation

Governor Deval Patrick today met with a delegation from the Brazilian National Congress and the First Lady of São Paulo, Dr. Ana Estela Haddad. The federal delegation traveled to Massachusetts for a conference on early education and early…

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Governor Patrick Joins Youth Of MA Organizing For A Reformed Economy Advocacy Day

Governor Deval Patrick joined over 100 members of youth groups and coalitions gathered at the State House for the Youth of MA Organizing for a Reformed Economy (YMORE) Advocacy Day to urge support for strategic investments in education and adequate…

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Patrick-Murray Administration's Regulatory Reforms Cut Permitting Times, Encourage Economic Development And Job Growth

BOSTON, MA----Governor Deval Patrick on Mar 21, 2013 announced a report showing that initiatives to streamline permitting at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) have dramatically shortened the time to permit, removed…

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Governor Patrick And Chairman Cromwell Sign Gaming Compact Between Commonwealth And Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Boston - Governor Deval Patrick and Chairman Cedric Cromwell March 20, 2013 announced that a new gaming Compact between the Commonwealth and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been signed and will now be sent to the Legislature for approval. This…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Military Friendly Guidelines For Members Of The Armed Forces, Veterans And Their Spouses Seeking Professional Licenses In Massachusetts

Norwood - Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray March 18, 2013 announced that all state agencies that oversee professional licensing within the Patrick-Murray Administration have established guidelines to assist members of the armed forces, veterans…

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Governor Patrick Announces Judicial Nomination To Boston Municipal Court

Boston – Governor Deval Patrick March 15, 2013 announced the nomination of John E. McDonald, Jr. as an Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court, Central Division. “I am pleased to nominate John McDonald to serve on the Boston…

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Governor Patrick Tours Salem And Melrose To Discuss Importance Of Investing In Early Ed

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick on March 15, 2013 toured the Bentley School in Salem and the Franklin Early Childhood Center in Melrose, as an ongoing effort to promote increased investments in early education to grow jobs and create opportunity…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Releases Plan To Prevent And End Veterans’ Homelessness

Plan sets goals to end veteran homelessness by 2015 BOSTON, MA---Lieutenant Governor Murray On March 12, 2013 announced the release of the Massachusetts Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness’ Integrated Plan to Prevent and End…

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Governor Patrick Joins Rally In Support Of Transportation, Education Investments That Will Create Growth And Opportunity Across The Commonwealth

Boston - Governor Deval Patrick today joined hundreds of teachers, parents, small business owners and others gathered at the State House this morning to urge support from legislators for the Governor’s investment proposal. The Governor thanked…

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Governor Patrick Files Transportation Bond Bill To Fund Critical Road, Bridge And Transit Projects

Governor Deval Patrick today filed a transportation bond bill to authorize and fund the 21st Century Transportation Plan “The Way Forward,” the 10-year plan for the next generation of transportation investments to modernize and maintain…

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Governor Patrick Signs Executive Order To Enhance Opportunities For Small Businesses Owned By Disabled Veterans

Patrick-Murray Administration to help Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses increase opportunities for public projects BOSTON, MA - overnor Deval Patrick On March 8 signed an executive order to help small businesses owned by disabled…

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Governor Patrick Makes The Case For Investing In Our Communities Now To Grow Jobs And Opportunity Across The Commonwealth

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick March 08, 2013 testified before the Joint Committee on Ways and Means FY14 Budget Hearing to make the case for his proposed investments in transportation and education that will unlock opportunity in every corner…

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Governor Patrick Tours Horizons For Homeless Children Headquarters To Discuss Importance Of Investing In Early ED

Governor Patrick toured the Horizons for Homeless Children headquarters at the Edgerley Family Community Children’s Center in Roxbury, as an ongoing effort to promote increased investments in early education. “Every child in…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Announces Funding To Promote Science, Technology, Engineering, And Math (STEM) Education

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray on March 5, 2013 announced $140,000 in competitive grants to enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives for three Regional STEM Networks in Massachusetts. Among the state’s…

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Governor Patrick And Lt. Governor Murray Discuss How To Grow Jobs And Expand Opportunity With Business Leaders In Needham

Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray met with some of the state’s top business and community leaders today, reviewing the first year of the Commonwealth’s long-term economic development plan and continuing the…

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Governor Patrick Meets With Ambassadors From Ireland And European Union

Boston - Governor Deval Patrick March 4, 2013 met with Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to the United States João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States Michael Collins and Consul General of Ireland in Boston Michael…

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Governor Patrick Joins State Environmental Officials And Biologists On Black Bear Survey

Conway - Governor Deval Patrick today joined Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan, Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner Mary Griffin and state wildlife officials on an expedition to document the newest…

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Governor Patrick Discusses Importance Of College Affordability To Future Growth At Public Higher Education Advocacy Day

Governor Deval Patrick addressed hundreds of students from Massachusetts community colleges, state universities and University of Massachusetts campuses at a rally to kick off Public Higher Education Advocacy Day at the State House. Students will…

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Governor Patrick Honors Quincy Teen For Heroism During Blizzard

Governor Deval Patrick yesterday met with Dylan Hughes, a Quincy teenager who rescued his 103-year-old neighbor at the height of the massive winter storm in February, to present a citation officially recognizing his heroic act. “I am deeply…

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Governor Patrick Announces New Online Tool To Show Impact Of Investment Proposals On A Family’s Budget

Approximately half of Massachusetts residents will pay less, or the same under Governor Patrick’s proposal to grow jobs and opportunity BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick March 4, 2013 unveiled an online tool that shows the impact of the…

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Governor Patrick Announces Major Life Sciences Investment In Western Massachusetts

Grants to fund lab renovations, equipment and planning for community colleges and vocational schools, and expansion of life sciences capacity at MGHPCC Holyoke - On February 28, Governor Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center…

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Governor Patrick Announces New Online Tool To Show Benefits Of Investing In Communities Across The Commonwealth

Boston -- Governor Deval Patrick today unveiled an online map tool that shows members of the public, in real terms, what investing in growth and opportunity will mean for their communities. “This tool will help people see exactly what to…

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Governor Patrick Meets With Colombian Technology Entrepreneurs

Governor Deval Patrick today met with Colombia-based entrepreneurs visiting Massachusetts one week after the Massachusetts-Colombia Innovation Partnership Mission, to continue the discussion about the Commonwealth’s partnership with Colombia…

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Governor Patrick Discusses Importance Of College Affordability To Future Growth At Student Financial Aid Day

On February 26, 2013, Governor Deval Patrick addressed hundreds of college students at Student Financial Aid Day before they fanned out across the State House seeking legislative support to increase state funding for financial aid programs. Governor…

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Governor Patrick Joins Business Leaders To Discuss How To Grow Jobs And Expand Economic Opportunity Across The Commonweatlh

Governor Deval Patrick today addressed the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, continuing the conversation on how investing in education, innovation and infrastructure will spur job growth and economic opportunity and create a better Commonwealth…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Awarded $44 Million from Obama Administration to Advance Health Care Cost Containment Goals

Funding builds on Massachusetts nation leading health care reform efforts; supports move from fee-for-service towards integrated care systems Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick announced that Massachusetts has been awarded more than $44 million…

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Governor Patrick And Colombian President Santos Sign Science And Innovation Memorandum Of Understanding

As part of the Massachusetts-Colombia Innovation Partnership Mission, Governor Deval Patrick and President of the Republic of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos February 19, 2013 signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formalize collaboration between…

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Governor Patrick Announces Trade Mission To Colombia To Pursue Job Growth And Economic Opportunity

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick on February 14, 2013 announced he will lead a coalition of the Commonwealth’s business executives and government leaders on a Massachusetts – Colombia Innovation Partnership Mission to promote job…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Joins HUD AND HHS To Announce $5.3 Million In Supportive Housing In Massachusetts

HUD’s new rental assistance program to prevent homelessness or unnecessary institutionalization for low-income persons with disabilities; Funding announcement aligns with Patrick-Murray Administration’s goals towards increasing…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Announces $2.25 Million in Community Innovation Challenge...

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces $2.25 Million In Community Innovation Challenge Grants For Municipalities, Regional School Districts And Planning Agencies Across Massachusetts Boston, MA -- Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and Secretary…

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Statement from Governor Patrick on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

On February 12, 2013, the President proposed a plan to grow jobs and opportunity, a plan that history has proven will work. We have seen here in Massachusetts and across the country that when you invest in public infrastructure and education you…

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Governor Patrick Meets With Employees at Massdot Highway Operations Center

Boston, MA -- On February 12, 2013, Governor Deval Patrick visited the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (MassDOT) Highway Operations Center (HOC) to thank employees for their continuing role during the Blizzard of 2013. Operator stations…

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Governor Patrick Announces Three Judicial Nominations

Boston -- Governor Patrick today announced three judicial nominations: Robert L. Ullmann as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court; Gloria Y. Tan as an Associate Justice of the Juvenile Court, Middlesex County Division; and Jonathan R. Tynes as…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Announces $67 Million To Build Or Preserve 1,326 Housing...

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces $67 Million To Build Or Preserve 1,326 Housing Units Across Massachusetts Projects will create over 1,700 construction jobs across Massachusetts Revere – Continuing the Patrick-Murray Administration’s…

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Governor Patrick Announces Nominations To The Superior Court And The Parole Board

Boston, MA - Governor Deval Patrick February 6, 2013 submitted three nominations for the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council: Boston Municipal Court Judge Shannon Frison as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court; and Lucy…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Awards Planning Grants To Eight Potential Innovation Schools Across The Commonwealth

Funds will support development of educational innovations that close achievement gaps, help all students achieve at high levels Boston - On February 6, Education Secretary Matthew Malone announced $80,000 in grants to eight potential Innovation…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Announces $3.3 Million in Funding for New Telenursing Center to Help Victims of Sexual Assault

Groundbreaking telemedicine initiative to help health care providers improve assistance to victims of sexual assault Boston, MA -- Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray announced $3.3 million in federal grant funding from the U.S. Department of…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Awards $3.5 Million In Grants To Support Students In Gateway Cities

Funding will provide targeted supports for English language learners, career education and applied learning opportunities for students as part of Gateway Cities Education Agenda Salem, MA -- Education Secretary Matthew Malone today announced $3.4…

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Governor Patrick Names William ‘MO’ Cowan As Interim U.S. Senator

Special election to be held on June 25 Boston -- Governor Deval Patrick today appointed William “Mo” Cowan as interim United States Senator, filling the seat left vacant by Senator John Kerry. Governor Patrick also announced that the…

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Governor Patrick Files Legislation To Create Fairer Justice System For Juveniles

Holds youth accountable and provides path for rehabilitation Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick today filed, “An Act to Reform the Juvenile Justice System in the Commonwealth,” legislation that will create a fairer justice system for…

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Governor Patrick Highlights Commitment to South Coast Rail Among Regional Investments to Grow South Coast Economy

New Bedford -- Building on his call for renewed investments in transportation and education in last week’s State of the Commonwealth address, Governor Deval Patrick today joined state and local leaders in New Bedford to highlight the…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Files Fiscal Year 2014 Budget

Balanced, responsible budget will create growth and opportunity throughout the Commonwealth, Continues record of reforms to improve government performance BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick January 23, 2013 filed his Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) budget…

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John Polanowicz Sworn In As Secretary Of Health And Human Services

Governor Deval Patrick officially swore in John W. Polanowicz as Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS). “John is an incredible talent and I am pleased to bring him into our Administration at this…

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Governor Patrick Meets With Legislative Leaders, Tours Investment Projects

On January 16, 2013 State of the Commonwealth address in which he put forward a vision to expand opportunity and growth in the Commonwealth, Governor Deval Patrick this week traveled to different communities to meet with legislative, business and…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Comprehensive, Nation-Leading Energy...

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Comprehensive, Nation-Leading Energy Audits For Massachusetts Military Bases $1.5 million for energy efficiency, renewable energy and enhanced energy security at six military bases statewide Bourne –…

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In Quincy, Governor Patrick Highlights Infrastructure Investments That Create Jobs And Expand Opportunity

QUINCY, MA---Governor Deval Patrick January 16, 2013 joined House Majority Leader Ronald Mariano and other city leaders to tour the $1.6 billion Quincy Center Redevelopment Project, set to begin construction next month and bring a total of 11,000…

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Governor Patrick Calls For Decrease In Sales Tax, Increase In Income Tax To Support Investments In Education, Transportation

BOSTON – On January 16, 2013 Night in his State of the Commonwealth Address at the Massachusetts State House, Governor Deval Patrick will propose to invest in opportunity and growth by building a 21st-Century education and transportation…

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Governor Patrick Files Gun Safety Legislation, Proposes $5 Million Increase For Mental Health Services

BOSTON, MA---Seeking to put an end to the gun violence that impacts too many families and neighborhoods across the Commonwealth, Governor Deval Patrick January 16, 2013 will file commonsense gun safety legislation to enhance background checks, close…

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Governor Patrick Calls For Renewed Investment In Education To Create Opportunity, Keep Economy Growing

BOSTON – Governor Deval Patrick On January 15, 2013 called for renewed investment in education in order to create opportunity across the Commonwealth and to keep the Massachusetts economy growing. Governor Patrick laid out a plan that would…

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Governor Patrick Highlights Transformative Power Of Achievement Gap Act Tools At Orchard Gardens K-8 School

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick on January 15, 2013 visited with students, teachers and parents at Orchard Gardens K-8 School in Boston to congratulate the school on its success in dramatically improving student achievement in recent years as a…

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Matt Malone Sworn In As Secretary Of Education

Boston, MA -– Governor Deval Patrick today officially swore in Matthew H. Malone, Ph.D. as Secretary of the Executive Office of Education. “I am thrilled to welcome Secretary Malone to this critical role within our…

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Governor Patrick Announces Legislation To Improve Oversight, Efficiency Of Local Housing Authorities

Governor Deval Patrick filed legislation that will professionalize, modernize and regionalize the operations and financial management of the Commonwealth’s housing authorities. The proposals will change the governance structure of the housing…

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Governor Patrick Announces Plans To File Legislation To Reform Retiree Health Insurance Benefits

Reform Would Tackle Fiscal Challenges Head-On, Save As Much as $20 Billion over the Next 30 Years BOSTON, MA – Governor Deval Patrick On January 11, 2013 announced plans to file legislation to reform health insurance benefits for retirees…

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Governor Patrick Celebrates Administration’s Commitment To LGBT Youth

Boston, MA– Governor Patrick On January 9, 2013 swore in new and returning members of the Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth and celebrated the progress his Administration has made in improving life for…

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Governor Patrick Files Legislation To Reform Unemployment Insurance For Municipalities

Governor Deval Patrick filed legislation that will close loopholes to Municipal Unemployment Insurance (UI) and create a fair and collaborative system that provides economic relief to cities and towns. Today’s announcement follows the November…

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Governor Patrick Files Legislation To Freeze Unemployment Insurance Rates...

Governor Patrick Files Legislation To Freeze Unemployment Insurance Rates, Lower Health Insurance Contributions For Employers Legislation will help align state health programs with Affordable Care Act to maintain quality, affordable care Boston…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Announces 26% Decrease in Veteran Homelessness Over Two Year Period

Commonwealth prepares to release first state-wide plan to prevent and end homelessness among veterans Boston, MA -- Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray announced that veteran homelessness dropped 26% in Massachusetts between January 2010 and January…

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Governor Patrick Builds On Regulatory Reform Successes - Files Legislation To Improve Business Climate For Licensed Professionals

Nation-leading regulatory reform process has created 286 opportunities for efficiencies, innovations in over 60 state agencies Boston, MA -- Expanding a regulatory reform effort that has already made doing business easier for thousands of…

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Glen Shor Sworn In As Secretary Of Administration And Finance

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick on January 7, 2013 officially swore in Glen Shor as Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance. “I am delighted to welcome Secretary Shor to this key role within our…

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Governor Patrick Announces Legislation To Reform Board Of Pharmacy And Fill Gaps In Compounding Industry Oversight

Legislation draws on recommendations from Pharmacy Compounding Commission; Part of series of reforms Governor will announce to make government work better Boston, MA – Governor Deval Patrick On January 4, 2013 announced that he is filing…

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Governor Patrick Signs Legislation To Regulate And Establish Guidelines For Virtual Schools

Governor Deval Patrick signed H. 4274, “An Act Establishing Commonwealth Virtual Schools.” This legislation expands online educational opportunities for students across the Commonwealth and secures proper state oversight of virtual…

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Governor Patrick Announces Judicial Nominations

On January 4, 2013 Governor Deval L. Patrick announced two judicial nominations to the District Court: Mary Elizabeth Heffernan as a Circuit Justice and Michael J. McCarthy as an Associate Justice of the Southern Berkshire District Court. The…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Awards Over $6.8 Million In Workforce Training Fund Grants

Employees at 87 Companies Benefit from Grant-Funded Skills Training BOSTON, MA----The Patrick-Murray Administration on January 3, 2013 announced $6,846,496 in Workforce Training Fund grants to 87 Massachusetts companies. The grants, which support…

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Governor Patrick Signs Legislation To Provide Housing Rights And Protections For Victims Of Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence

On January 3, 2013 Governor Deval Patrick joined Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and housing, public safety, legislative and community based advocacy leaders at the State House to sign S. 2402, “An Act Relative To Housing Rights for Victims…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Announces Partnership With Nonprofit Groups To Protect 212 Acres Across The Commonwealth

Also announces PARC grants for the communities of Leominster, Millbury and Worcester. WORCESTER, MA----Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray joined Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan December 21, 2012 to award $504,117 in…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray And Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Announce Equipment And Supply Matching Grants For Public High Schools

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) today announced $3.2 million in grants to support the purchase of life sciences training equipment and supplies at vocational technical schools, public high schools…

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Emerson College Poll: Gov. Patrick Front Runner in Potential U.S. Senate Race - Brown Leads Kennedy

Boston, MA -- With the expectation that U.S. Senator John Kerry will be appointed Secretary of State, attention now focuses on who will be his successor. A new survey by the Emerson College Polling Society (ECPS) finds that Governor Deval Patrick…

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Governor Patrick Breaks Ground On Commonwealth’s First Zero Net Energy Office Building

Facility to Serve as Field Headquarters for State’s Division of Fisheries & Wildlife WESTBOROUGH, MA---Governor Deval Patrick joined Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan, Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner Mary…

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Governor Patrick And Lieutenant Governor Murray Present 23rd Annual ‘Firefighter Of The Year’ Awards

WORCESTER, MA---Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray December 18, 2012 joined Public Safety Secretary Mary Elizabeth Heffernan and State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan to honor firefighters from 15 Massachusetts communities…

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Governor Patrick And Lieutenant Governor Murray Join The National Guard To Celebrate Its 376th Birthday And Grand Opening Of New Massachusetts Headquarters

Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray joined General Frank J. Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Major General L. Scott Rice, the Adjutant General of the Massachusetts…

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Governor Patrick And Lieutenant Governor Murray Celebrate Exceptional Logan Employees

Boston, MA – Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray On December 14th joined Massport leadership in recognizing exceptional employees at Boston Logan International Airport at the annual “Logan Stars” event, honoring…

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Governor Patrick Announces Four New Cabinet Secretaries

Commends Departing Secretaries for Records of Achievement; Welcomes Highly-Regarded Leaders in Finance, Education, Health Care & Public Safety Boston, MA – Continuing his efforts to recruit top talent to state government, Governor Deval…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Announces The Expansion Of Stem Programs To Support Workforce Development And College Completion

Significant public-private partnership helps to reach more students pursuing STEM FITCHBURG, MA---Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray December 13, 2012 announced five designated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs will expand…

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Governor Patrick Meets With Prime Minister Of Armenia Tigran Sargsyan

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick today welcomed Prime Minister of Armenia Tigran Sargsyan to the Massachusetts State House. Prime Minister Sargsyan’s visit to Massachusetts served as an opportunity to foster Massachusetts’ global image in…

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Creative Industries Grow Stronger With Networking, Access To Capital And Marketing

Report to Legislature details needs, future of flourishing creative industries in Massachusetts after statewide CreativeNEXT Listening tour BOSTON, MA---The Massachusetts creative industries will strengthen and advance with greater networking,…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Agreement With Amazon

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick and Amazon December 11, 2012 announced that Amazon will collect and remit sales tax in Massachusetts starting next fall, and that they will work together toward enactment of federal legislation to resolve the…

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Massachusetts 8th Graders Again Perform Among World Leaders In Math And Science Achievement; Score Double-Digit Gains On 2011 TIMSS

BOSTON, MA---The Patrick-Murray Administration December 11, 2012 announced that Massachusetts students have once again scored among the top performing nations across the world in mathematics and science. The 2011 Trends in International Mathematics…

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Governor Patrick Meets With Hungarian Ambassador To The United States György Szapáry

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick December 11, 2012 welcomed Hungarian Ambassador to the United States György Szapáry to the Massachusetts State House. Ambassador Szapáry’s visit to Massachusetts served as an opportunity for the two leaders…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray And Congressman Mcgovern Announce Funding To Reach Goal Of Replanting 30,000 Trees In Communities Impacted By Asian Longhorned Beetle

Worcester, MA – Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray On December 10, 2012 joined Congressman Jim McGovern to announce $3 million in state funding to support the Worcester Tree Initiative’s goal of replanting 30,000 trees by 2014 for communities in…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Award of Capital Funds to Turnover Vacant Public Housing Units

New policy will withhold state subsidy to housing authorities with units vacant for more than 60 days BOSTON, MA---Continuing the effort to increase the number of affordable public housing units available to families, the Department of Housing and…

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Governor Patrick Swears In Major General L. Scott Rice As Adjutant General Of The Massachusetts National Guard

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick December 7, 2012 swore-in Major General L. Scott Rice as Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard. Major General Rice has served as Acting Adjutant General since April. Prior to being appointed Acting…

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Governor Patrick Lays Out Plan To Close $540 Million Budget Gap For FY13

Boston, MA – Due to slowing economic growth and lower than anticipated tax revenue collections, Governor Deval Patrick On December 4th outlined a plan for closing an estimated $540 million gap in the Fiscal Year 2013 budget. The Patrick-Murray…

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Governor Patrick Celebrates Near Completion Of Largest Onshore Wind Energy Farm In Massachusetts

On December 3, 2012 - Governor Deval Patrick joined state energy officials to celebrate the near completion of the Hoosac Wind Power Project, the largest wind energy facility in both Massachusetts and Southern New England. “Wind energy has so…

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Obama Administration Awards Massachusetts $720,856 Grant To Assist With Export Promotion

Boston, MA – The Patrick-Murray Administration On December 3rd announced that Massachusetts was awarded a $720,856 grant from the United States Small Business Administration, which will help enhance international trade opportunities for small…

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Governor Patrick Swears-In Third Statewide Youth Council

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick November 30, 2012 swore in new members to the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council. The 28 members, representing all 14 counties in Massachusetts, are the third Youth Council class and will serve for two years.…

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Governor Patrick Convenes Meeting With Community College Boardchairs To Advance Community College Agenda

Boston, MA -- On Thursday, November 29, 2012 -- Governor Deval Patrick today hosted the first meeting of the Commonwealth’s community college Board Chairs to discuss the implementation of his community college plan. The fifteen newly-appointed…

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Governor Patrick Announces Superior Court Nomination

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick November 28, 2012 announced the nomination of experienced litigator Peter B. Krupp as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court. “I am honored to nominate Peter Krupp to the Superior Court bench,” said…

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Governor Patrick Announces New Chief Of Staff

Commends Departing Chief of Staff Mo Cowan; Plans to Announce Additional Appointments in Coming Weeks Boston, MA – Governor Deval Patrick On November 27 announced that William “Mo” Cowan, Chief of Staff to the Governor since January 2011,…

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Governor Patrick Welcomes Governor Of Minas Gerais, Brazil Antonio Anastasia To The State House

Boston, MA - On November 27, 2012, Governor Deval Patrick welcomed Governor of Minas Gerais, Brazil Antonio Anastasia for a meeting and conversation with delegation members of the 2011 Massachusetts Brazil Innovation Mission. The visit served as an…

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Governor Patrick Announces Two Nominations To The Superior Court Bench

Boston, MA – Governor Deval Patrick On November 26 announced two nominations to the Superior Court: Angel Kelley Brown, Associate Justice of the Brockton District Court; and Kenneth V. Desmond, Jr., Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court.…

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Governor Patrick Announces Two Nominations To The Superior Court Bench

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick November 21, 2012 announced two nominations to the Superior Court bench: Shannon Frison, Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court; and James F. Lang, Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States…

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Governor Patrick Announces $4 Million In Funding To Kick-Off Springfield Union Station Reconstruction

Key Gateway City Transportation Hub will bring economic development to Downtown Springfield SPRINGFIELD, MA---Governor Deval Patrick November 20, 2012 announced the final $4 million in state funds needed to begin reconstruction of Springfield’s…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Announces $2.5 Million In Funding For Natick Soldier Systems Center Support And Infrastructure Upgrades

$1.5 million MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant joins $1 million capital expenditure NATICK, MA---Continuing the Patrick-Murray Administration’s commitment to the future of the defense industry in Massachusetts, Lieutenant Governor Timothy…

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Governor Patrick Serves In Celebration Of Thanksgiving

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick November 18, 2012 joined volunteers and staff to serve a complete Thanksgiving dinner to hundreds of men, women and children at the Boston Rescue Mission for their annual Day of Thanks. “As the holiday season…

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Governor Patrick And Lieutenant Governor Murray, University Leaders And Technology Executives Open Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center In Holyoke

State of the Art Data Center Will Keep Massachusetts at Forefront of Innovation Economy. HOLYOKE, MA---Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray joined university leaders and technology executives November 16, 2012 to cut the…

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Statement From Lieutenant Governor Murray On The Approaching ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deadline

Boston, MA – The following is a statement from Lieutenant Governor Murray: “The President has set the country on a path of economic recovery and with his reelection, we have a chance to continue this progress. The American people voted to…

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Governor Patrick And Lieutenant Governor Murray Host Air Force Lt. General C.D. Moore And Hanscom Air Force Base Leadership At The State House

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray November 14, 2012 welcomed Lieutenant General C.D. Moore of the United States Air Force to the Massachusetts State House to discuss the importance of Hanscom Air Force Base,…

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Governor Patrick, Attorney General Coakley And Auditor Bump Announce Final Appointments To Health Policy Commission Board

Commission set to begin important work in containing health care costs BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Auditor Suzanne Bump November 14, 2012 announced the full membership of the Commonwealth’s Health…

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Governor Patrick Announces Nominations To The Superior And District Courts

Governor Patrick On November 14, 2012 announced the nominations of two experienced attorneys to the trial court bench: Mary K. Ames as Associate Justice of the Superior Court; and Robert J. Pellegrini as Associate Justice of the Worcester District…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Joins CSX To Celebrate Opening Of New Transflo Facility In Westborough

CSX unit relocates from Boston to renovated rail yard, increasing freight services and economic development WESTBOROUGH, MA---Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray November 13, 2012 joined CSX, Town Manager Jim Malloy of Westborough, and businesses to…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Announces $38 Million for 26 New Massworks Infrastructure Projects Supporting Economic Development and Housing Growth Across the Commonwealth

Boston, MA -- The Patrick-Murray Administration on November 9, 2012 announced $38 million for 26 new MassWorks Infrastructure Program grants to support economic development and housing creation throughout the Commonwealth. Through these grants, the…

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Statement Of Governor Patrick And Lieutenant Governor Murray On The Passing Of Joseph Early

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray November 9, 2012 released the following statements on the passing of former Massachusetts Congressman Joseph Early: “My heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Announces $141 Million In Federal Heating Assistance For Massachusetts

Boston, MA – Friday, November 9, 2012 – Governor Patrick today announced that Massachusetts will receive $141 million in federal funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This is an increase of $8.2 million over the…

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Governor Patrick Signs Bill To Improve The Long-Term Care For Seniors

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick October 31, 2012 joined advocates and legislators for a ceremonial bill signing of Senate Bill 2359, “An Act Establishing Standards for Long-Term Care Insurance,” which ensures the availability of long-term…

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Governor Patrick Announces Preparations Underway For Potential Impact Of Hurricane Sandy

BOSTON – Governor Deval Patrick today met with Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and his cabinet secretaries to discuss preparations for the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy on Massachusetts and announced several steps the state has already…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Announces SBA Assistance For Massachusetts Residents and Businesses in Bristol, Norfolk and Plymouth Counties

Assistance Available to Those Most Impacted by September Flooding Boston – Governor Deval Patrick today announced that the Massachusetts residents and businesses of Bristol, Norfolk and Plymouth counties affected by severe storms and flooding on…

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Governor Patrick Appoints Dr. Pendred Noyce To Board Of Elementary And Secondary Education

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick October 24, 2012 announced that he has appointed Dr. Pendred “Penny” Noyce to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. "Dr. Noyce’s lifelong experience and commitment to education in…

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Governor Patrick Proclaims Food Day In Massachusetts

Hundreds of events held across the Commonwealth to celebrate healthy, affordable and sustainable food. As part of a national effort to promote healthier dietary choices and fresh locally-grown foods, Governor Deval Patrick today joined students…

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Governor Patrick Proclaims Innovation Week In Massachusetts

Welcomes innovative leaders from around the world to Boston BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick October 22, 2012 proclaimed October 22, 2012 – October 26, 2012 as Innovation Week in Massachusetts, highlighting how the state's growth strategy of…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Honors 28 Heroic Police Officers, Tactical Team At 29th Annual Hanna Awards

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray October 23, 2012 honored 28 law enforcement officers and a tactical entry team at the annual awards ceremony named after Massachusetts State Trooper George L. Hanna. …

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Governor Patrick Joins Students And Teachers To Rally Against Bullying

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick October 18, 2012 joined members of his Youth Council and over 100 students from across the Commonwealth to rally against bullying at the Massachusetts State House. At the rally, Governor Patrick proclaimed October…

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Governor Patrick Announces First Housing Development Incentive Program District, Celebrates Affordable Housing Project

Pittsfield, MA – On Friday, October 19, 2012 Governor Deval Patrick joined Mayor Daniel Bianchi and other officials to announce the first approved Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP) district and planned project in the Commonwealth and to…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Announces $780,000 To Promote And Advance Stem Education, Jobs, And Workforce Development

Lieutenant Governor Murray outlines initiatives at the state’s 9th Annual STEM Summit Foxborough, MA – Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray announced $780,000 in funding to promote and advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)…

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Statement From Governor Patrick On The Tribal Gaming Compact Decision

Boston, MA -- On Oct 12, 2012’s decision by the U.S. Department of Interior is deeply disappointing on a number of levels. For starters, we negotiated in good faith with the Tribe, and the carefully bargained Compact was extraordinarily fair to…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Hosts First Informational Forum On Implementation...

Patrick-Murray Administration Hosts First Informational Forum On Implementation Of Health Care Cost Containment Law Boston – On October 10, The Patrick-Murray Administration hosted the first informational forum for members of the public and…

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Governor Patrick Breaks Ground On Muddy River Restoration Project

$93 million project will address flooding and preserve historic landscape along the Emerald Necklace Park System BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick October 10, 2012 broke ground on Phase 1 of the $93 million Muddy River Restoration Project. The…

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Governor Patrick Announces Billions In Capital Investments For Massachusetts Communities

Capital plan focuses on housing investments, higher education, job creation and infrastructure investments Boston, MA – Governor Deval Patrick On October 9, 2012 unveiled his Fiscal Year (FY) 2013-2017 Capital Investment Plan, which continues the…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Public/Private Partnership to Support Early Literacy Programs for Families

Commonwealth’s successful Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge initiative will help prevent achievement gaps among our youngest citizens, before they form Boston, MA -- The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) today announced a…

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Governor Patrick Joins Chilean Ambassador For Business Roundtable

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick October 10, 2012 welcomed Chilean Ambassador to the United States Felipe Bulnes to the Massachusetts State House for a business roundtable with representatives from Massachusetts companies in the life sciences,…

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Group Insurance Commission Begins to Implement Key Requirement of Massachusetts Health Care Cost Control Law

RFP shows government leading by example, proposes changes to the way health plans will contract with doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to change the way in which they are paid Boston, MA -- Continuing the Patrick-Murray…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Announces $1.5 Million In Federal Funding To End Homelessness Among Veterans

Commonwealth expands innovative SHARP program with U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs funding to help end veteran homelessness Northampton, MA - On October 4, 2012 Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray announced the awarding of $1.5 million by…

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Governor Patrick Celebrates Opening Of New Math And Science Center At Bridgewater State University

New state-of-the-art facility funded through Patrick-Murray Administration’s capital plan to build world-class public higher education system in MA Bridgewater, MA – Governor Deval Patrick On october 4 joined state education, legislative,…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Unveils Renovated State Emergency Operations Center And Introduces First-In-The-Nation Emergency Alerting App

IPhone and Droid users will be able to receive public safety and health alerts on their smartphones FRAMINGHAM, MA---Governor Deval Patrick October 5, 2012 held his weekly cabinet meeting at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Finalizes Historic Agreement with CSX Corporation, Announces New Schedule for Increased Commuter Rail Service

Final milestone reached in CSX Agreement provides the Commonwealth ownership of rail tracks and operations along the Framingham/ Worcester Line Worcester, MA -- Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray on Thursday, October 4, 2012 announced the…

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Governor Patrick Joins Israeli-Founded Argo Medical Technologies To Announce...

Governor Patrick Joins Israeli-Founded Argo Medical Technologies To Announce Selection Of Massachusetts As U.S. Headquarters Announcement at AdvaMed 2012 highlights Massachusetts life sciences industry with demonstration of ARGO’s ReWalk…

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AS UMASS Celebrates 150th Anniversary, Governor Patrick Invests $607 Million In Umass System

2013 Capital Plan reflects Administration’s commitment to expanding economic opportunity by building world-class public higher education system Boston, MA – Governor Deval Patrick today announced significant capital investments in the…

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Governor Patrick Signs Legislation To Lower The Cost Of Hearing Aids For Children

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick on September 27, 2012 hosted a ceremonial bill signing for “An Act Providing Hearing Aids to Children,” mandating insurance companies cover hearing aids for children until the age of 21. Working families with…

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Governor Patrick Welcomes President Of Cape Verde To The Massachusetts State House

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick Sep 28, 2012 welcomed President of the Republic of Cape Verde Jorge Carlos Fonseca to the Massachusetts State House. President Fonseca’s visit to Massachusetts is to help raise civic engagement awareness within…

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Department Of Correction Statement On Kosilek Decision

Statement of DoC Spokesperson Diane Wiffin The Department of Correction will appeal the federal district court’s ruling in the Kosilek vs. Spencer case. Following a thorough review of the decision, we believe the court failed to give due…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Launches Implementation Website For Health Care Cost Containment

Site will provide consumers and stakeholders with important information on law to lower costs for families and businesses across the Commonwealth. BOSTON, MA---The Patrick-Murray Administration September 27, 2012 launched a new website that will be…

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Governor Patrick Signs Legislation To Help Close Achievement Gaps In Reading And Get All Students To Proficiency By Grade 3

Expert panel will develop plan to streamline literacy efforts in MA and ensure all students have access to high quality literacy opportunities Stoneham, MA – On Wednesday, September 26, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick joined state education,…

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Governor Patrick Announces $4 Million For Community Colleges

Grants will increase skill training, workforce alignment; continue efforts to develop unified and strengthened community college system WELLESLEY, MA---Governor Deval Patrick September 25, 2012 announced $4 million in grants to support increased…

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Statement From Governor Patrick On General Carter

Boston, MA – On Wednesday, September 19, 2012 The following is a statement from Governor Deval Patrick: “For some months now, the U.S. Army has conducted a criminal investigation into allegations of misconduct by General Joseph Carter, Adjutant…

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Governor Patrick Announces Attorney David Meier To Lead Drug Lab Central Office

Former assistant district attorney & current partner at Todd & Weld LLP responsible for expediting review of cases impacted by lab failures BOSTON, MA--- Governor Deval Patrick Sep 20, 2012 announced that Attorney David Meier will lead the…

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Governor Patrick Proclaims Hispanic Heritage Month

Announces Events to Honor Hispanic-Owned Businesses Across the Commonwealth Boston, MA – Governor Deval Patrick On September 17th proclaimed September 15, 2012 to October 15, 2012 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Massachusetts. Throughout the month,…

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Statement From Governor Patrick On Commissioner Auerbach

BOSTON, MA---The following is a statement from Governor Deval Patrick: “September 17, 2012, I accepted Commissioner John Auerbach's resignation. The failures at the Department of Public Health drug lab are serious and the actions and inactions…

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Governor Patrick Celebrates Massachusetts ‘Harvest For Students Week’

Governor Deval Patrick September 17, 2012 joined Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan to celebrate the 6th annual Massachusetts “Harvest for Students Week” at Milton High School. Harvest for Students Week…

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Governor Patrick Signs Legislation Giving Family Child Care Providers Resources To Deliver High Quality Educational Opportunities For Our Youngest Citizens

Governor Patrick signs H. 3986, “An Act Relative to Early Education and Care by Family Child Care Providers.” Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick on Friday, September 14, 2012 hosted a ceremonial bill signing for H. 3986, “An Act Relative to…

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Governor Patrick Visits Abiomed, Highlights Innovation And Research As Key Parts Of Massachusetts’ World-Leading Life Sciences Industry

Governor Deval Patrick September 13, 2012 visited Abiomed, a Danvers life sciences company that creates instruments designed to help the pumping function of the heart, to promote the innovation and research programs that have made Massachusetts a…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Celebrates Opening Of New Innovation Schools Across The Commonwealth At Carlton Innovation School In Salem

Highlights Implementation Grants awarded to 20 new Innovation Schools opening this fall for application of new educational tools Salem, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray on Thursday, September 13, 2012 celebrated…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Highlights Strength And Future Of Massachusetts Manufacturing Industry During Visit To Accurounds In Avon

Report by The Boston Foundation finds manufacturing sector has strengthened since 2008 Boston, MA---Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray September 13, 2012 joined industry leaders and state and local officials at Avon-based…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Honors Wakefield Resident With Madeline Amy Sweeney Award

Lieutenant Governor Murray presents 11th annual award in memory of 9/11 hero recognizing selfless act of bravery that saved 30 lives Boston, MA -- Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray Tuesday, September 11, 2012 presented Paul Antonino of Wakefield…

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Governor Patrick Announces Massdot Board Of Directors

Boston, MA -- Governor Deval Patrick on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 announced the membership of the newly expanded Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors, adding to the panel new individuals with extensive expertise…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Announces $4 Million In Funding For Next Round Of Community Innovation Challenge Grants

Announcement Comes During the Fourth Annual Regionalization Conference in Worcester Worcester, MA -- Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray on Monday, September 10, 2012 announced the second round of Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) grants for…

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Governor Patrick Celebrates Opening For New Mattapan Community Health Center Facility

Federal stimulus funded facility will boost health care delivery for Mattapan community. BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick September 10, 2012 celebrated the opening of the new Mattapan Community Health Center (MCHC) in Boston. The center, a $34…

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Governor Patrick Congratulates New United States Citizens At Ceremony In Berkshire County

Stockbridge, MA– On Saturday, September 8, 2012 Governor Deval Patrick welcomed new American citizens at a naturalization ceremony. Twenty-five Berkshire County residents from 16 different countries were sworn in at the Norman Rockwell Museum in…

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Governor Patrick Appoints Six New Members To The Roxbury Community College Board Of Trustees

Boston, MA – Governor Deval Patrick On September 6, 2012 appointed six new members to the Roxbury Community College (RCC) Board of Trustees and reappointed one current member of the Board whose term had expired. The Governor also named Kathy…

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Critical Voter, a New Educational Website and Podcast, Uses 2012 Presidential Election as Case Study for Development of Critical Thinking Skills

Boston, MA - With just two months to go before the next Presidential election, the new Critical Voter educational podcast and website provides teachers, students and independent learners the resources they need to study practical critical thinking…

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Statement From Governor Patrick On Forensic Lab Investigation

Boston, MA – Thursday, August 30, 2012 – The following is a statement from Governor Deval Patrick: “This is deeply troubling information. No breach this serious can or will be tolerated. The State Police will continue their investigation to…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray, Congressman Olver and Congressman Neal Announce Construction Underway for ARRA-Funded Knowledge Corridor

Tour potential site of Holyoke Passenger Rail Platform Holyoke, MA - On August 27th 2012, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray joined Congressman John Olver, Congressman Richard Neal and Mayor Alex Morse of Holyoke for a first look at the potential…

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Governor Patrick Announces Conservation of 100,000 Acres of Open Space

Massachusetts Protected Open Space Now Exceeds Developed Land Plymouth, MA – On August 23rd, Governor Deval Patrick announced that the Patrick-Murray Administration's ambitious land conservation efforts have protected more than 100,000 acres of…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Announces New Funding To Support Nursing Education In The Commonwealth

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards $300,000 Grant to Create More Highly Educated Nursing Workforce Boston, MA - On August 21st, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray announced Massachusetts has received a $300,000 national grant from the Robert…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray, Congressman McGovern Join USDA To Announce $1 Million For Reforestation In Central MA

Worcester, MA – On Monday, August 20th 2012, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, Congressman Jim McGovern, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan and Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Ed Lambert joined the…

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Governor Patrick And Lieutenant Governor Murray Celebrate Historic Opening Of Worcester Recovery Center And Hospital

New state-of-the-art mental health facility is revolutionary in design, state’s largest non-transportation construction project in history WORCESTER, MA---Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray officially opened the…

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Governor Patrick Signs Transportation Bond Bill, Provides $1.5 Billion In State, Federal Funds For Road, Bridge, Rail Projects

Builds on Patrick- Murray Administration’s Historic Infrastructure Investments, Creates Jobs across the State Boston, MA – On Thursday, August 9th 2012, Governor Deval Patrick signed H. 4371, “An Act Financing Improvements to the…

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Patrick-Murray Administration Awards $585,000 In Implementation Grants To 20 Innovation Schools Across The Common Wealth

Funds will support application of new education tools at Innovation Schools Boston, MA – Governor Deval Patrick On August 8 announced that $585,000 is being awarded to support the operation of 20 Innovation Schools across the…

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Governor Patrick Signs Legislation To Reform Children In Need Of Services System

Boston, MA – August 7th 2012, Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation to reform the Children in Need of Services (CHINS) program, for handling children who consistently get in trouble at home or at school, including runaways and students who are…

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Governor Patrick Signs Economic Development Bill Expanding Job Creation Through Innovation And Infrastructure Investments

Sets the weekend of August 11 - 12 as a Sales Tax Holiday Boston, MA - On August 7th, Governor Deval Patrick signed, "An Act Relative to Infrastructure Investment, Enhanced Competitiveness and Economic Growth in the Commonwealth." The…

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Governor Patrick Signs Bill To Protect Temporary Workers

Helps Level the Playing Field for Businesses Boston, MA – On August 6th, Governor Deval Patrick signed H. 4304, “An Act Establishing a Temporary Workers Right to Know.” The legislation strengthens the Commonwealth’s ability to regulate…

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Governor Patrick Announces Three Nominations To The District Court

Boston, MA - On August 7th 2012, Governor Patrick announced the nomination of three experienced attorneys to the District Court bench: Cathleen E. Campbell, as Associate Justice of the Cambridge District Court; Michael L. Fabbri, as Associate…

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Governor Patrick Signs 'Next Big Step Forward' On Health Care Reform, Massachusetts Poised To Lead Nation On Cost Control

At State House ceremony, Governor credits broad coalition for making landmark law possible; Cites better care at lower costs, savings of nearly $200 billion over 15 years & increase in take home pay for workers, savings for families BOSTON,…

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Governor Patrick Signs Energy Bill

Advances Commonwealth’s Clean Energy Leadership Boston, MA – Governor Deval Patrick On August 3 joined legislators and advocates to sign S. 2395, “An Act Relative to Competitively Priced Electricity in the Commonwealth.” The law aims to…

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Governor Patrick Signs Foreclosure Prevention Law To Expand Protections For Homeowners

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick August 3, 2012 signed “An Act Preventing Unlawful and Unnecessary Foreclosures.” The new law expands important consumer protections and continues the Commonwealth’s national leadership on foreclosure…

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Governor Patrick Signs Gaming Compact With Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Boston, MA - On Monday, July 30th 2012, Governor Deval Patrick joined legislators and members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to sign H.4261 “Resolve Relating To The Tribal-State Compact Between The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe And The Commonwealth Of…

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Statement From Governor Patrick On Crime Bill

BOSTON, MA---The following is a statement from Governor Deval Patrick: “I asked for a balanced bill and, after many twists and turns, the Legislature has given me one. Because of the balance between strict sentences for the worst offenders and…

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Statement From Governor Patrick On Health Care Cost Containment Bill

BOSTON, MA---The following is a statement from Governor Deval Patrick: “I congratulate the Legislature for approving legislation to contain health care costs. With over 98% of our residents insured today, we’ve shown the Nation how to extend…

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Statement From Governor Patrick On Proposed Amendment To The Crime Bill

Boston, MA – The following is a statement from Governor Deval Patrick: “I want a bill to sign before the Legislature ends its session. I think legislators do, too. If they do, they will enact the proposed amendment. Prosecutors already have…

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Governor Patrick, Attorney General Coakley And Auditor Bump Name New Inspector General

Assistant Attorney General brings decades of investigatory, legal, business & management experience to position. BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Auditor Suzanne Bump July 26, 2012 selected Assistant…

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Governor Patrick Meets With Consul General Of France Christophe Guilhou

Boston, MA – Governor Deval Patrick On July 25, 2012 met with Consul General of France in Boston Christophe Guilhou. The meeting builds on the Patrick-Murray Administration’s commitment to strengthening foreign partnerships, economic ties and…

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Governor Patrick Announces Green Communities Milestone

BOSTON , MA---Governor Deval Patrick July 24, 2012 joined state and local officials to announce that Massachusetts is now home to over 100 Green Communities. At an event at the State House, the Governor announced the designation of 17 new Green…

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Governor Patrick Signs Bill To Improve Water Safety For Children In The Commonwealth

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick July 24, 2012 joined family members, advocates and legislators to sign S. 2075, “An Act Improving Water Safety for Children in the Commonwealth.” Also known as "Christian's Bill," the legislation…

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Secretary Reville Launches Early Literacy Tour To Promote Importance Of Building Strong Literacy Foundations At An Early Age

BOSTON, MA---Massachusetts Education Secretary Paul Reville July 23, 2012 launched an early literacy tour across the Commonwealth to highlight the importance of establishing strong literacy foundations for children at an early age. The…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Unanimously Elected Leader Of The National Lieutenant Governors Association

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray was unanimously elected to serve as chair of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) July 20, 2012 at the association’s annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois. In this role, Lieutenant…

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Governor Patrick Signs Bill Renaming Cape Cod Overpasses After Staff Sergeant Matthew W. Pucino

Boston, MA – On July 16th 2012, Governor Deval Patrick joined family members and legislators to sign S. 2218, “An Act Designating Certain Bridges In The Town of Bourne As The Staff Sergeant Matthew A. Pucino Bridges,” honoring Staff Sergeant…

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Governor Patrick Signs Legislation To Improve Quality Of Care For Dementia Patients

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick July 16, 2012 joined advocates and legislators to sign H. 3947, “An Act Providing for Dementia Specific Training for Certain Employees of Long-Term Care Facilities.” The legislation will improve the quality of…

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Secretary Reville Announces New Working Group To Design 21st Century Educator Preparation System In Massachusetts

Boston, MA – Massachusetts Education Secretary Paul Reville On July 13 announced the formation of the Educator Preparation Advisory Group (EPAG), a group of education, business and advocacy organization leaders tasked with developing a 21st…

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Governor Patrick Appoints Timothy Alben Superintendent Of The Massachusetts State Police

30-year MSP veteran will continue to move agency forward; Governor praises outgoing Superintendent McGovern. BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick July 13, 2012 appointed Lieutenant Colonel Timothy P. Alben as the next Superintendent and Colonel of…

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Govenor Patrick Celebrates Grand Opening Of North Bank Pedestrian Bridge

Federal stimulus funded bridge will create an accessible, pedestrian friendly route between Cambridge and Charlestown. BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick July 13, 2012 celebrated the completion of the North Bank pedestrian bridge, connecting Paul…

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Governor Patrick Announces Gaming Compact With Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Boston, MA - On July 11th, Governor Deval Patrick announced that the Commonwealth has reached a tentative agreement with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on a Compact agreement which outlines the terms, consistent with federal law, under which the Tribe…

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Governor Patrick Hears From Youth Council Members And Alumni

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick hosted members and alumni of the Governor’s Youth Council Monday in the State House at the first statewide Youth Council reunion. The youth shared what they have accomplished as a Youth Council member as well as…

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Governor Signs Fiscal Year 2013 Budget, Funds Sales Tax Holiday

$32.5 billion budget includes record K-12 education investments, community college reforms; Governor responsibly identifies funds to support August sales tax holiday Boston, MA – Governor Deval Patrick On Sunday July 8 signed a $32.5 billion…

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Lieutenant Governor Murray Joins President Obama For $105 Billion Transportation Bill Signing Ceremony At The White House

Massachusetts to receive nearly $1.9 billion over two years for highway and transit WASHINGTON, D.C---Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray will join President Barack Obama July 6, 2012 at the White House for the signing of the Surface Transportation…

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Governor Patrick To Sign FY13 Budget

BOSTON, MA---Governor Deval Patrick will sign the Fiscal Year 2013 state budget in the State House. The Executive Office of Administration and Finance will hold a briefing for members of the media following the signing. Who : Governor Patrick,…

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