For Immediate Release - February 23, 2007

GOVERNOR PATRICK TO UNVEIL ADMINISTRATION'S FIRST BUDGET IN MELROSE

Town Hall discussion to follow Tuesday night speech

BOSTON- Friday, February 23 - Governor Deval Patrick will be unveiling the first budget of his administration on Tuesday before a live audience in Melrose.

The speech, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Hall in the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building, will be carried live by New England Cable News and will be followed by a town hall-style discussion with the governor taking questions from members of the audience.

"It is an honor for us for the governor to come to Melrose," said Melrose Mayor Robert J. Dolan. "It demonstrates his ongoing commitment to leave Beacon Hill to come to the communities that provide the most basic of services to our citizens. The governor has made an ongoing commitment to engage the citizens in government and he is proving that by addressing citizens from the City of Melrose."

Said Representative Michael Festa, D-Melrose: "It's an honor to have the governor come to Melrose to deliver his first budget message. Governor Patrick has made it clear the priority he places on the fiscal and economic health of our cities and towns, and I believe his presence in Melrose underscores that commitment."

There will be limited seating available for the 7 p.m. speech, with tickets available online at www.mass.gov/governor on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors open at 6 p.m.
 

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