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

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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.


Program

Description
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.

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