Governor Deval Patrick prepares to give final State of Commonwealth speech

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As he prepares his final State of the Commonwealth for delivery, Governor Deval Patrick has been working out of an anonymous office, one floor down from the grand and historic governor’s suite.

Tuesday night, though, he will be front and center, speaking in the House chamber to the assembled lawmakers, politicians and the voters who elected him twice to lead the state.

He steps to the podium juggling a number of controversies, and battling the inevitable perception that he is a lame duck. His eighth annual speech, and his budget proposal scheduled for release the following day, gives him an opportunity to re-energize his agenda.

Aides say the final year’s docket will include changes to unemployment insurance and the state’s minimum wage, and that the speech’s biggest challenge has been editing it for length.

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