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Gov. Patrick talks about projects for 2011

On the eve of his inauguration, Gov. Deval Patrick spoke to Metro in a wide-ranging interview.

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On the eve of his inauguration, Gov. Deval Patrick spoke to Metro in a wide-ranging interview:

On Lt. Gov. Tim Murray saving children from a burning van Tuesday night:

“I want to get him a cape.”

On Project 351:

“We are having eighth graders from every single city and town in the commonwealth who have been involved in community service to come to Boston [on Saturday] for a convocation around service. We’re going to talk about what they’ve done to empower and improve service. We’re going to break out and do some projects ... then gather and talk in the end.”

On initiatives he’s looking forward to cracking into this term:

“Continue job creation with focus on innovation and infrastructure and education; second, use tools from the achievement gap act to start to close the gap and reach kids we’re leaving behind; third, crack the code on health care costs, 98 percent of our residents have coverage but it still costs too much; four, youth violence. We’re really going to develop a compressive strategy on how to prevent youth violence.

On initiatives he’s not looking forward to cracking into:

“We have been interested in more progress and efficiency in the step-down program. We need the probation and parole board to be a part of that. That’s something I felt before the loss of confidence the public has in both organizations.”

 
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