Saturday, January 17, 2009

EVENT: Fri., Jan. 23 & Sat., Jan. 24---PATRICK AT MMA MEETING

This year's annual meeting of the Massachusetts Municipal Association falls at a pivotal moment for perhaps the most important Beacon Hill priority of cities and towns: local aid. The more than $5 billion in aid that Beacon Hill funnels each year to municipal governments is on the chopping block. Gov. Deval Patrick, who will alone decide how much local aid to cut, addresses municipal officials at the opening session of their annual meeting Friday. He'll speak at about 10:30 am. Award-winning author and presidential scholar Doris Kearns Goodwin will kick off the MMA's 30th Annual Meeting & Trade Show, which NBC financial correspondent Mike Jensen, award-winning actor Ken Howard, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and comedian Paula Poundstone are also featured attendees.

(Friday and Saturday, Hynes Convention Center and the Sheraton Boston Hotel; Gov. Patrick is expected to speak Friday at about 10:30 am at the Hynes with AG Coakley speaking shortly afterwards, also at the Hynes)

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