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Brendan Fitzpatrick

September 19, 2023

Mass. Works to Expands Language Access Within Government

Photo courtesy of Ajay Suresh

BOSTON - Massachusetts officials are making efforts to expand language access across the state government.

Governor Maura Healey signed an executive order on the matter in commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through October 15. The state is working towards making more resources and services available to those who do not primarily speak English; Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll noted that roughly 25% of the Commonwealth's population speaks a language other than English.

The executive order will require branches of the state government to develop plans to enhance the levels of multilingual access provided. Departments will evaluate their current offerings and decide on how to build off of them.

The development could especially be impactful to those in Framingham, a city that notably features a large number of people who speak languages other than English.

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