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Welcome back to the Weekly Wrap Up and your Bay State Brief for the week. It’s been an important week for the Patrick-Murray Administration. Catch our Bay State Brief below to hit the road with Governor and Lt. Governor as they make stops around the state.

On Thursday, the Governor kicked off the second phase of health care reform in Massachusetts, aiming to bring down health care costs for consumers while improving patient care. Click here to read our blog post from yesterday and get all the details.

Yesterday the Governor also signed a bill helping to save Massachusetts businesses about $402 million this year. The bill will provide immediate relief to Massachusetts’ businesses by freezing employer contributions to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund at current levels. This will relieve pressure on small businesses and help encourage business to keep hiring.

Our partners in state agencies across Massachusetts use blogs and new media to share all the good work they’re doing. Here are just a few recent updates from around your state government blogosphere:

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Youth Homelessness – Jack Duffy-Protentis – November 2013 posted on Nov 13

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 posted on Nov 13

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 posted on Oct 4

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