Massachusetts Ranks in the Top 8 in the Nation for Transparency
BOSTON- Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - Massachusetts received an “A-” in government spending transparency according to Following the Money 2014: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data, the fifth annual report of its kind by the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG).
Patrick Administration Announces Second Year of Vocational Opportunity Challenge (VOC) Grant Program
BOSTON – March 12, 2014 - The Patrick Administration today announced the launch of the second year of the Vocational Opportunity Challenge (VOC) competitive grant program, expanding its support of vocational-technical programs by providing additional grant funding to qualifying institutions for the upgrade and purchase of equipment to support and expand vocational and career readiness programs across the Commonwealth.
Group Insurance Commission Approves 1.0 Percent Increase; Lowest Increase in Over 10 Years
BOSTON – Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - Building on Governor Patrick’s efforts to lower costs and ensure access to quality, affordable health care, the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) today voted for an overall 1.0 percent increase for all employee and Medicare plans for fiscal year (FY) 2015, the lowest rate increase in over 10 years. As a result of the landmark health care cost containment law, signed by Governor Patrick in 2012, the GIC is transforming health care delivery and payment. Today’s vote demonstrates the success of the GIC model in driving the Commonwealth’s health care cost containment reform.
Massachusetts Leads in Using Pay For Success Contracts to Expand Adult Basic Education Services
BOSTON – Thursday, February 27, 2014 - The Patrick Administration today announced that Massachusetts will pursue Pay for Success (PFS) contracts to bring adult basic education programs to more adults across the Commonwealth. The Executive Office for Administration and Finance (EOAF) and the Executive Office of Education (EOE) today issued a request for responses (RFR) to enter into PFS contracts with the goal of helping more adults make successful transitions to employment, higher wage jobs, and higher education.
Patrick Administration Announces $4 Million In Community Innovation Challenge Grants For Municipalities, Regional School Districts And Planning Agencies Across Massachusetts
BOSTON – Thursday, February 6, 2014 –Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor today announced the 37 projects slated to receive funding from the $4 million Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) grant program. Now in its third year, the Patrick Administration originally authorized the establishment of the CIC program in the Fiscal Year 2012 budget. The program incentivizes and supports regionalization and other cost saving initiatives that will change the way local governments do business to maintain service delivery and stretch every tax payer dollar as far as possible.
Massachusetts Launches Landmark Initiative to Reduce Recidivism among At-Risk Youth
CHELSEA – Wednesday, January 29, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced the launch of the nation’s largest financial investment in a Pay for Success (PFS) initiative, which is designed to improve outcomes for hundreds of at-risk young men in the probation system or leaving the juvenile justice system. The Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Initiative will not only improve the lives of young people, but also reduce crime, promote safer and stronger communities and save taxpayer dollars.
Patrick Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Recommendation
BOSTON – Wednesday, January 22, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today filed his Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) budget, a balanced plan that reflects the Governor's commitment to creating broad-based opportunity for all residents of the Commonwealth, managing state finances responsibly and making government work more efficiently.