State officials will still move ahead with plans to potentially merge the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority with the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency despite the fact that state Sen. Marian Walsh Tuesday announced that she would relinquish her new role at MassHEFA.

Gov. Deval Patrick would like to combine the two agencies in order to gain millions of dollars in savings, according to Kofi Jones, spokeswoman for the executive office of housing and economic development.

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