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Gov. Patrick Reflects on Past, Future in State of the Commonwealth Address

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by BOB SALSBERG and STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Deval Patrick looked back at his legacy and ahead to his last year in office as he delivered his final State of the State address.

Patrick pledged to continue to make government more effective, calling for an overhaul of Massachusetts’ unemployment insurance system and vowing to pass legislation making it easier to register to vote.

Patrick also said he’s working to fix the state’s health insurance website and strengthen the Department of Children and Families in the wake of the disappearance of a 5-year-old Fitchburg boy who was under state care.

Patrick also took time to look back and offer his version of his legacy.

Patrick says he never expected to deal with an economic recession and Marathon bombing, but said the state rallied in the face of both.

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