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Gov. Patrick Wants Public To Monitor Stimulus Funds

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says he wants to let the public clearly and easily monitor the state's use of any federal stimulus money it receives.

A plan Patrick was unveiling Wednesday includes a Web site similar to the one being created by President Barack Obama, www.recovery.gov.

Aides say the governor also is likely to name a person to oversee the distribution of the money.

By some accounts, Massachusetts could receive up to $11 billion over two years under the plan. Most of it will be funneled through existing channels for Medicaid and other social-support services, but some $1 billion could be available for public infrastructure purposes.

Patrick planned to outline his plan during a Statehouse news conference with Attorney General Martha Coakley, Auditor Joseph DeNucci and Inspector General Gregory Sullivan.

This program aired on February 11, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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