deval patrick http://wamc.org en Emergency Storm Message from Gov. Deval Patrick http://wamc.org/post/emergency-storm-message-gov-deval-patrick <p>Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has directed that due to weather conditions, non-emergency Executive Branch employees living or working in the following counties should not report to their workplaces on Thursday, February 13, 2014:</p><p>Berkshire County</p><p>Franklin County</p><p>Hampshire County</p><p>Hampden County</p><p>Worcester County</p><p>State Offices in the remaining counties will be open for business.</p><p>For More information, please visit ma.gov/mema or call 211 for updates.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:14:00 +0000 David Guistina 83789 at http://wamc.org Emergency Storm Message from Gov. Deval Patrick In Speech, Mass. Gov. Reflects On Past, Future http://wamc.org/post/speech-mass-gov-reflects-past-future <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick looked back at his legacy and ahead to his last year in office as he delivered his final State of the Commonwealth address.</p><p>Patrick pledged to continue to make government more effective, calling for an overhaul of Massachusetts' unemployment insurance system and vowing to pass legislation making it easier to register to vote.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:15:10 +0000 Jaired Crofut 82787 at http://wamc.org In Speech, Mass. Gov. Reflects On Past, Future Mass. Gov. To Deliver Final State Of The Commonwealth Speech http://wamc.org/post/mass-gov-deliver-final-state-commonwealth-speech <p>Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is preparing to deliver a belated State of the&nbsp;Commonwealth address.</p><p>Patrick initially planned to give the speech last week, but had to postpone it under the threat of a winter storm.</p><p>Patrick plans to give the speech Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.</p><p>It will become something of a political warm-up. President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address at 9 p.m. Tuesday.</p><p>The decision to delay the speech robbed it of some of its suspense.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:51:35 +0000 Jaired Crofut 82628 at http://wamc.org Mass. Gov. To Deliver Final State Of The Commonwealth Speech Mass. Gov. Patrick: No VP Run For Me In 2016 http://wamc.org/post/mass-gov-patrick-no-vp-run-me-2016 <p></p><p></p><p>Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said he's not interested in running for vice president in 2016 — even if Hillary Clinton calls.</p><p>Patrick made the comment during his monthly radio show on WGBH-FM Thursday.</p><p>Patrick, who has repeatedly said he's not interested pursuing the presidency in 2016, described running for public office as an "unpleasant, intrusive, grueling business."</p><p>Asked if he's ruled out ever running for public office again, Patrick said "maybe one day but not in the foreseeable future."</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:57:11 +0000 Jaired Crofut 82475 at http://wamc.org Mass. Gov. Patrick: No VP Run For Me In 2016 Mass. Gov. Reschedules Final State Of The State http://wamc.org/post/mass-gov-reschedules-final-state-state <p>Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has rescheduled his annual State of the State address after cancelling the speech due to the winter storm on Tuesday.</p><p>Patrick will deliver the speech next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.</p><p>The speech was originally scheduled at 7 p.m. on Tuesday but Patrick decided to postpone it in light of the snow emergency and his decision to release non-emergency state workers early.</p><p>The decision robbed the speech of some of its suspense.</p><p>Governors have typically used the State of the State address to preview their budget priorities for the new year.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:55:58 +0000 Jaired Crofut 82393 at http://wamc.org Mass. Gov. Reschedules Final State Of The State Mass. Senate Approves Bill To Allow Early Voting http://wamc.org/post/mass-senate-approves-bill-allow-early-voting <p>Massachusetts residents would be able to cast ballots up to 10 days before an election and register to vote on Election Day under a bill overwhelmingly approved by the Massachusetts Senate.</p><p>The bill would also let voters register online.</p><p>The House last year approved a similar bill that would let voters cast ballots up to two weeks before a presidential election.</p><p>The Senate bill expands that to allow early voting in all biennial state elections and primaries by 2016.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:03:06 +0000 Jaired Crofut 82042 at http://wamc.org Mass. Senate Approves Bill To Allow Early Voting Mass. Orders Utilities To Modernize Operations http://wamc.org/post/mass-orders-utilities-modernize-operations <p></p><p></p><p>Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's administration is calling on the state's utilities to develop plans for modernizing the state's electricity grid.</p><p>Under an order issued Monday by the Department of Public Utilities, electric companies would have to invest in new advanced metering equipment.</p><p>Administration officials say advanced metering allows for stronger communication between utilities and customers that can help save energy and costs, and let the electric grid operate more efficiently.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:28:36 +0000 Jaired Crofut 80535 at http://wamc.org Mass. Orders Utilities To Modernize Operations 9 States Tighten Carbon Dioxide Pollution Rules http://wamc.org/post/9-states-tighten-carbon-dioxide-pollution-rules <p>Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s administration has issued final amendments to a regulation it says will reduce up to 90 million tons of carbon dioxide pollution from power plants across nine New England and mid-Atlantic states during the next six years.</p><p>Massachusetts and eight other states who also adopted revisions — Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont — are part of the nation's first multi-state "cap-and-trade" program known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:29:05 +0000 Jaired Crofut 79496 at http://wamc.org 9 States Tighten Carbon Dioxide Pollution Rules UMass To Detail Satellite Center In Springfield http://wamc.org/post/umass-detail-satellite-center-springfield <p></p><p></p><p>The University of Massachusetts is about to establish a long-awaited physical presence in the city of Springfield.</p><p>Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to join UMass President Robert&nbsp;Caret and several other officials to announce the location of a satellite center that will open next fall in the state's third-largest city.</p><p>The facility will house academic programs affiliated with the university's flagship campus in Amherst, as well as other UMass campuses.</p><p>More details are expected to be released at a late morning news conference.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:21:21 +0000 Jaired Crofut 78593 at http://wamc.org UMass To Detail Satellite Center In Springfield JFK Statue Open For Viewing For 50th Memorial http://wamc.org/post/jfk-statue-open-viewing-50th-memorial <p>A statue of John F. Kennedy on the lawn of the Massachusetts Statehouse will be open for public viewing on the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination.</p><p>The statue has been largely off limits to the public since new security procedures that went into effect after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.</p><p>State leaders said the statue would be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, and again Monday during those hours.</p><p>Gov. Deval Patrick plans to lay a wreath at the statue on Friday.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:09:54 +0000 Jaired Crofut 78356 at http://wamc.org JFK Statue Open For Viewing For 50th Memorial