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Making State Government More Effective posted on Feb 28

Mark Fine Director of Strategic Planning and Performance Improvement, Executive Office of Administration and Finance  State government is a complex organization – not a single entity but a diverse collection of public bodies that work on behalf of the people of Massachusetts.   Making such a   …Continue Reading Making State Government More Effective

State of the Commonwealth 2013 Preview

State of the Commonwealth 2013 Preview posted on Jan 16

Governor Patrick delivering last year’s State of the Commonwealth. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Governor’s Office) This evening Governor Deval Patrick delivers his fifth State of the Commonwealth Address.  In his address, the Governor will call for a renewed investment in education and transportation to create opportunity across   …Continue Reading State of the Commonwealth 2013 Preview

Improving the Oversight & Efficiency of Local Housing Authorities posted on Jan 10

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 authority system in order to protect the safety net that public housing provides for   …Continue Reading Improving the Oversight & Efficiency of Local Housing Authorities

Reforming Unemployment Insurance for Municipalities posted on Jan 9

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. The legislation arises from the work and recommendations of the Municipal UI Task Force he convened   …Continue Reading Reforming Unemployment Insurance for Municipalities

Making Massachusetts a Better Place for Businesses posted on Jan 9

Governor Patrick filed legislation that will lower business costs and encourage job growth by freezing unemployment insurance rates for employers and reducing or eliminating the contributions they make to fund health care programs for low-income residents. “This common sense legislation is good for businesses and   …Continue Reading Making Massachusetts a Better Place for Businesses

Experiencing Germany’s Innovation Economy

Experiencing Germany’s Innovation Economy posted on Sep 28

Tim Murray Lt. Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts View Lt. Governor’s Bio Berlin is a diverse city with tremendous history.  After visiting Germany’s Federal Parliament, the Reichstag, I had a series of meetings that not only helped to capture this diversity but also opened up doors   …Continue Reading Experiencing Germany’s Innovation Economy

Learning about Germany’s Health Care System

Learning about Germany’s Health Care System posted on Sep 27

Tim Murray Lt. Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts View Lt. Governor’s Bio While our Administration launched a new tool to help address health care cost containment in Massachusetts, I had the opportunity to meet representatives from the German Federal Ministry of Health to discuss Germany’s universal   …Continue Reading Learning about Germany’s Health Care System

Touring & Visiting Infrastructure Projects in Leipzig

Touring & Visiting Infrastructure Projects in Leipzig posted on Sep 26

Tim Murray Lt. Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts View Lt. Governor’s Bio Today, the delegation and I received a comprehensive overview of infrastructure projects in Leipzig, the largest city in the state of Saxony.  Similar to Dresden, Leipzig has focused on economic renewal and redevelopment over   …Continue Reading Touring & Visiting Infrastructure Projects in Leipzig

Local Government in Saxony, Germany

Local Government in Saxony, Germany posted on Sep 26

Tim Murray Lt. Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts View Lt. Governor’s Bio Today, the delegation of lieutenant governors and I met the Burgomeister (town mayor) of the Village of Lommatzsch.  Like municipalities back in the United States, towns in Saxony also face challenges within the community   …Continue Reading Local Government in Saxony, Germany

Dresden: Meeting BU Students, Touring the Technical University & NOVATIC

Dresden: Meeting BU Students, Touring the Technical University & NOVATIC posted on Sep 24

Tim Murray Lt. Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts View Lt. Governor’s Bio Dresden is a beautiful city, located between the banks of the Elbe River. After the fire storms that swept through miles of Dresden during World War II and the collapse of the Berlin Wall   …Continue Reading Dresden: Meeting BU Students, Touring the Technical University & NOVATIC