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Gov. Patrick Goes To Washington

 

 Gov. Deval Patrick is heading to Washington to participate in a two-day National Governors Association winter meeting.
 
    On Sunday, Patrick is scheduled to participate in an education and workforce committee, including meeting with U.S. S

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Patrick Proposes Changes To Criminal Justice System

Gov. Deval Patrick is proposing a series of changes to the state's criminal justice system, including a renewed focus on substance abuse treatment, limiting the use of restraints on mentally ill inmates, and banning the placement of handcuffs on pregnant prisoners while in labor

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Mass State House

State Lawmakers Begin Budget Review

Massachusetts House and Senate lawmakers are kicking off their annual budget deliberations with a hearing on Gov. Deval Patrick’s $36.2 billion spending plan for the 2015 fiscal year.

House and Senate Ways and Means committees will hear testimony from members of the Patrick administration and other top Beacon Hill officials at Tuesday’s hearing, including state Treasurer Steve Grossman and Attorney General Martha Coakley

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Gov. Patrick to Reflect on Past, Future in State of the State Address

Gov. Deval Patrick plans to use his last State of the State address to reflect on his seven years in office so far and lay out his goals for the final months of his administration.

In excerpts provided by the governor's office from the speech prepared for delivery Tuesday night, Patrick says when he took office in 2007 he expected financial challenges, but not a ``global economic collapse

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Gov. Patrick Wants Outside Review Of DCF

Gov. Deval Patrick says the failure of the Department of Children and Families to keep track of a 5-year-old Fitchburg boy was inexcusable, but has provided the state with an opportunity to re-examine the agency

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Mass State House

Beacon Hill Officials Agree on Budget Estimates

Top budget officials in the Patrick administration and the Massachusetts House and Senate have agreed on a single estimate for how much the state is expected to collect in revenue in the fiscal year beginning July 1

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Gov. Deval Patrick Orders Outside Review of DCF

Gov. Deval Patrick has brought in an independent investigator to conduct a full review of the state Department of Child and Families, under fire for failing to properly monitor a 5-year-old Fitchburg boy who's been missing for months and is presumed dead

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Despite Governor’s Pledge, Homeless Families Still Exsist In Mass.

 

By now, Massachusetts wasn't supposed to have any homeless families.
 
    In 2008, Gov. Deval Patrick set a goal of virtually eliminating family homelessness in five years. The program's aim was to better detect when families were on the verge of falling into homelessness _ and then moving in swiftly with aid.
 

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Gov. Patrick and Congressional Delegation Mourns Nelson Mandela

 

Massachusetts' top political figures are mourning the death of Nelson Mandela.
 
    Gov. Deval Patrick called the anti-apartheid leader ``a remarkable and inspiring example of resilience, persistence, determination and grace, in his time and for all time.''

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Patrick Signs Casino Compact With Mashpee Wampanoags

 

Leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe say they're confident a revised casino compact with Massachusetts will be approved by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs.
 
    Gov. Deval Patrick signed the compact Friday in a brief Statehouse ceremony.
 

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