Gov. Deval Patrick is set to deliver his final State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night, and will serve up his last annual budget proposal on Wednesday before administration officials on Thursday are called before an oversight committee to take questions about problems at the Department of Children and Families.
But that's only the tip of next week's news iceberg.
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Martha Coakley, the state attorney general and a leading candidate among a pack of Democrats who hope to succeed Patrick, is set to address a Greater Boston Chamber breakfast on Thursday.
Three commercial casino license applicants on Wednesday are poised to make their final presentations to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The Department of Public Health is cruising towards its end-of-month deadline for awarding medical marijuana dispensary licenses.
Office holders and candidates across Massachusetts face an annual filing deadline on Monday for campaign finance reports, while potential candidates in three special legislative elections must file nomination signatures with local officials by Tuesday. A
Also, state officials on Thursday plan to release their latest snapshot of the state's jobs and employment picture.