Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Recommendation - House 1 Fiscal Year 2014

Civic Support and Public Engagement


Programs targeted to provides services to the general public and municipalities to promote an informed electorate, support for municipal and local government services, outward-facing policy setting, and legislative duties.

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Constituent Engagement and Representation

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Constituent Engagement and Representation Programs targeted to ensure a representative and responsible government is provided to the citizens of the Commonwealth.
Governor's Office For the purpose of fulfilling the Constitutional duties of the Office of the Governor to serve as the elected representative of the people of the Commonwealth charged with providing leadership and oversight of government operations and services, including the development and implementation of fiscally responsible and efficient public sector policies, coordination of shared federal-state responsibilities, strengthening the state's partnership with municipal and local branches of government and proposing and carrying out laws and regulations that promote the common good.
House of Representatives Activities For the purpose of supporting the Massachusetts House of Representatives and its members in order to fulfill their elected duties to propose and consider legislation, maintain ad hoc and standing committees, perform oversight duties regarding the efficient running of state government and the well-being of the public as well as provide constituent services to assist citizens of the Commonwealth.
Joint Legislative Activities For the purpose of supporting the operations of both branches of the Legislature through information technology services, office supplies as well as costs related to the maintenance of the State House.
Senate Activities For the purpose of supporting the Massachusetts Senate and its members in order to fulfill their elected duties to propose and consider legislation, maintain ad hoc and standing committees, perform oversight duties regarding the efficient running of state government and the wellbeing of the public as well as provide constituent services to assist citizens of the Commonwealth.
Secretary of the Commonwealth Activities For the purpose of supporting the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth to act as the primary public information officer of the Commonwealth and to oversee the Corporations Division, the Elections Division, the Massachusetts Archives, the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the Public Records Division, the Securities Division, and the State Records Center.
Treasurer and Receiver General Activities For the purpose of supporting the Office of the Treasurer and Receiver General in its mission to oversee the management of the Commonwealth's funds, including managing the issuance of bonds, management of the Lottery, ensuring transparency through sharing of Commonwealth financial information, investing in local banks and businesses, managing abandoned property, educating citizens on financial matters and providing other constituent services.
State Auditor Activities For the purpose of supporting the Office of the State Auditor in its mission to ensure that state agencies and contractors adhere to all relevant rules and regulations when spending public funds, including conducting financial, performance, and technical assessments of programs, departments, agencies, authorities, contracts, and vendors to uncover problems and recommend actions to improve accountability, efficiency, and transparency.
Attorney General Activities For the purpose of fulfilling the duties of the Office of the Attorney General to serve as the elected legal advocate representing the Commonwealth and its residents, including such areas as consumer protection, prosecution of fraud and corruption, protection of civil rights, and ensuring the enforcement of laws.

Electoral Services

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Electoral Services Programs targeted to deliver open and free elections within the Commonwealth.
Campaign Financing Oversight For the purpose of ensuring compliance with campaign finance law by administering and overseeing the distribution of public funds to statewide candidates.
Election Oversight For the purpose of ensuring state and local elections for public offices are open to all citizens and free of corruption or impediments; oversight responsibilities include ballot review and registration, voting equipment and technology evaluation, and election planning.
Voting Services For the purpose of providing voter services to all citizens of the Commonwealth through voter registration, distribution of voter information, provision of voting equipment, and certification of election results.
Anti-Discrimination Protection and Enforcement For the purpose of providing advocacy, capacity building and systemic change activities that enforce anti-discrimination policies and laws.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Discrimination Prevention For the purpose of supporting Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) initiatives to end discrimination and promote equality including anti-bullying programming at schools throughout the Commonwealth.
Independent Ombudsman for Vocational Rehabilitation Services For the purpose of protecting and promoting the rights of individuals with disabilities to receive vocational rehabilitation services that lead to gainful employment, including providing an external ombudsman role required as a condition for receipt of federal vocational rehabilitation funds.
Women's Discrimination Prevention For the purpose of providing an effective voice for women across the Commonwealth to promote full equality and equal opportunity in all areas of life.

Equality, Diversity, and Anti-Discrimination Initiatives

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Equality, Diversity, and Anti-Discrimination Initiatives Programs targeted to promote social justice for the citizens of the Commonwealth through representation, advocacy, and protection.

Independent Audit and Compliance Services

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Independent Audit and Compliance Services Programs targeted to prevent fraud and abuse within cities, towns, and independent entities throughout the Commonwealth and prevent undue burden upon municipalities of state enacted legislation or regulations.
Independent and Municipal Audit Services For the purpose of conducting independent performance and compliance audits, including audits of health care services, in accordance with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards to ensure that all agencies, programs, and contractors are compliant with applicable laws and regulations.
Insurance Fraud Prevention For the purpose of investigating and prosecuting fraud against insurers and against the Commonwealth's unemployment insurance and workers' compensation system in order to protect taxpayers from higher premiums and to ensure that those in need receive appropriate services.
Municipal Unfunded Mandate Compliance For the purpose of examining and reporting on any state law or regulation that has a significant cost impact on the Commonwealth's municipalities, including determining if a state mandate imposes direct costs on a municipality and providing reimbursement for the financial cost of any such unfunded mandate.

Library Services

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Library Services Programs targeted to provide access to public library services to residents and visitors of the Commonwealth.
Aid to Libraries For the purpose of enhancing library offerings and facilities through financial aid and assistance to regional and local libraries.
Local Library Administration For the purpose of delivering full and equal access to public libraries through efficient organization, development, coordination, and sharing of library services and resources across the Commonwealth.
Research Libraries For the purpose of assembling and housing the Commonwealth's collections of maps, atlases, and materials that reflect Massachusetts' culture and history, including a comprehensive collection of state publications.

Municipal and Local Aid

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Municipal and Local Aid Programs targeted to provide general financial assistance and incentives to localities within the Commonwealth.
Municipal Incentive Programs For the purpose of providing incentives to cities and towns to use shared service models to improve efficiency, reduce overhead, and promote increased accountability and transparency between local government and the public.
Targeted Local Aid For the purpose of providing the Commonwealth's cities, towns and regional school districts with additional state financial assistance.
Unrestricted Local Aid For the purpose of providing the Commonwealth's cities, towns and regional school districts with state financial assistance.
Grants to Localities for Natural Disaster Assistance For the purpose of providing funding for relief or assistance to localities for costs incurred as a result of a natural disaster.

Public Record Management and Distribution

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Public Record Management and Distribution Programs targeted to manage the archiving and distribution of public records.
Archive Management For the purpose of protecting items such as rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, newspapers, tax valuations, architectural drawings, prints and photographs, scrapbooks and souvenirs that are in need of special care due to their age, fragility, or format.
Public Information Delivery For the purpose of communicating information to keep the public informed regarding topics including new laws and regulations through web publishing, printing, and other media.
Registry of Deeds For the purpose of maintaining definitive records of real land and property ownership across the Commonwealth including liens, mortgages, and property maps.
State Records and Public Documents For the purpose of maintaining and archiving public records including storage, management, and certification of official government documents.


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