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Category Archives: Week of Reform

State of the Commonwealth 2013 Preview Posted on Jan 16

State of the Commonwealth 2013 Preview

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

Improving the Business Climate for Licensed Professionals Posted on Jan 8

Expanding a regulatory reform effort that has already made doing business easier for thousands of businesses, Governor Patrick announced legislation to streamline and improve the licensing process and business climate for thousands of professional licensees throughout Massachusetts. The legislation is part of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s   …Continue Reading Improving the Business Climate for Licensed Professionals

Reforming the Board of Pharmacy and Compounding Industry Posted on Jan 7

Governor Patrick has filed legislation to reform the Board of Pharmacy and strengthen state oversight of the compounding pharmacy industry. This legislation, along with related actions the Administration is taking, builds on recommendations released last week by the Commission on Pharmacy Compounding. “There is no   …Continue Reading Reforming the Board of Pharmacy and Compounding Industry