2013 Massachusetts State of the State http://wamc.org en Opinions Mixed on Gov. Patrick's FY 2014 Budget http://wamc.org/post/opinions-mixed-gov-patricks-fy-2014-budget <p></p><p>Opinions are mixed on Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s $34.8 billion budget released yesterday – some advocacy groups are saying the investments will pay off, while others are warning that a hike in taxes will damage a recovering economy.</p><p></p><p>In a speech detailing his &nbsp;FY 2014 budget proposal, Governor Patrick focused on his plan to raise nearly $2 billion to increase funding for two key areas: education and transportation.</p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:55:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 56465 at http://wamc.org Opinions Mixed on Gov. Patrick's FY 2014 Budget Gov. Patrick's FY 2014 Budget Proposal Focuses on Education, Transportation http://wamc.org/post/gov-patricks-fy-2014-budget-proposal-focuses-education-transportation <div><p></p><p>Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today released his FY 2014 budget proposal. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports that the Governor is planning to invest in three key areas: education, innovation, and infrastructure.</p><p></p><p>Governor Patrick’s $34.8 billion budget proposal follows his State of the Commonwealth speech last week where he called for more investment in transportation including streamlining public transportation and improving roads and bridges, as well as a significant boost to education spending.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:25:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 56371 at http://wamc.org Gov. Patrick's FY 2014 Budget Proposal Focuses on Education, Transportation Berkshires Hear Gov. Patrick's Call for Investment in Transportation, Education http://wamc.org/post/berkshires-hear-gov-patricks-call-investment-transportation-education <p></p><p>Out of many of the proposals Governor Patrick made in this State of the State address, an increase in transportation &amp; infrastructure spending in particular struck a chord in the Berkshires.</p><p></p><p>The Governor’s specific mention of connecting Pittsfield to New York with commuter rail service was of particular interest to Pittsfield state representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier….</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 56008 at http://wamc.org Berkshires Hear Gov. Patrick's Call for Investment in Transportation, Education