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Encouraging citizen participation in government and public policy with occasional posts from the Governor of Massachusetts

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Youth Homelessness – Jack Duffy-Protentis – November 2013

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I was in the 3rd grade when my parents told me that I was losing my eye sight. I remember feeling relieved that the reason I was struggling in school was because of this thing called Stargardt’s Disease; and not because I was not smart.   …Continue Reading Youth Homelessness – Jack Duffy-Protentis – November 2013


Raycela Dasher – Bristol County -October 2013

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As I looked at the stack of papers laid before me, I took a deep breath and prepared to write. These papers were more than just another assignment or application. These papers were a chance of a lifetime. As I looked to the top of   …Continue Reading Raycela Dasher – Bristol County -October 2013


Education and youth homelessness // Written by: Mary Kate Roffey of the GSYC

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Education and youth homelessness are two of the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council’s initiatives. Throughout the month of August, the GSYC decided to hold ‘Back to School’ drives to collect school supplies for homeless youth. This project allowed the GSYC to make progress on both issues   …Continue Reading Education and youth homelessness // Written by: Mary Kate Roffey of the GSYC


Fallon Rice – Governor’s Youth Council

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Written by: Fallon Rice of the Governor’s Youth Council   My name is Fallon Rice and I have been on the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council since November of 2011. I have always been involved in my community, and through that have made connections with many   …Continue Reading Fallon Rice – Governor’s Youth Council


Kit Freddura – Governor’s Youth Council

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Written by: Kit Freddura of the Governor’s Youth Council   The Governor’s Statewide Youth Council popped into my life very unexpectedly. One day my guidance counselor pulled me aside after class and handed me a packet about the Council. I had never heard of it before   …Continue Reading Kit Freddura – Governor’s Youth Council


Our 2nd Annual Performance Management Conference

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Mark Fine, Director of Strategic Planning and Performance Improvement, Executive Office for Administration and Finance At the end of March, the Commonwealth held its 2nd annual performance management conference (MassResults: Building a Results-oriented Government), hosted by the Collins Center for Public Management at UMass Boston.   …Continue Reading Our 2nd Annual Performance Management Conference


Statement of Governor Patrick // Boston Marathon

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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 Square   …Continue Reading Statement of Governor Patrick // Boston Marathon


Making State Government More Effective

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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


Join Us in Celebrating Black History Month

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Throughout the month of February, the Patrick-Murray Administration will host a series of events and discussions across the Commonwealth to celebrate Black History Month.  Please join Governor Patrick on February 11th to reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  


21st Century Transportation in MetroWest

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Governor Patrick’s plan to create jobs and expand our economy across the Commonwealth through investments in 21 Century transportation and educational opportunity is nothing less than a blueprint for a bright future of growth and high quality of life for citizens wherever they may live. And   …Continue Reading 21st Century Transportation in MetroWest