FY 2014 Budget http://wamc.org en Berkshire Lawmakers React To FY 2014 Budget, Vetoes http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-lawmakers-react-fy-2014-budget-vetoes <p></p><p>Lawmakers in the Berkshires are reacting to the fiscal year 2014 budget signed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Friday.</p><p></p><p>Last week, Governor Patrick signed a $33.6 billion state budget into law. Patrick’s initial budget proposal called for significant investments in education, which lawmakers in the Berkshires supported.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:59:39 +0000 Lucas Willard 69263 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Lawmakers React To FY 2014 Budget, Vetoes Mass. Governor Signs FY 2014 Budget, Vetoes Transportation Funding http://wamc.org/post/mass-governor-signs-fy-2014-budget-vetoes-transportation-funding <p></p><p>Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today signed the fiscal year 2014 budget into law and vetoed millions of dollars dedicated toward transportation and local aid in a bid to pressure lawmakers to accept his revisions to a still unresolved transportation finance bill.</p><p></p><p>Governor Patrick addressed reporters at a press conference after signing the $33.6 billion spending plan. He paid specific attention to programs that aim to close the achievement gap, reduce healthcare costs, and prevent youth violence.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:32:01 +0000 Lucas Willard 69112 at http://wamc.org Mass. Governor Signs FY 2014 Budget, Vetoes Transportation Funding Mass. Lawmakers Begin Debate on Legislative Leaders' Transportation Plan http://wamc.org/post/mass-lawmakers-begin-debate-legislative-leaders-transportation-plan <p> The transportation funding plan unveiled by Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts state legislature has been met with a mixed response, with Democratic Governor Deval Patrick threatening to veto the plan if certain objectives aren’t met and House Republicans criticizing the plan for raising taxes without making other reforms to government.</p><p></p><p>And lawmakers in the Berkshires seem to be equally as divided on supporting the plan introduced by House Speaker Robert Deleo and Senate President Therese Murray, both Democrats, last week.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 19:49:13 +0000 Lucas Willard 61733 at http://wamc.org Mass. Lawmakers Begin Debate on Legislative Leaders' Transportation Plan Mass. Governor Highlights Need for Education Investment in Berkshires http://wamc.org/post/mass-governor-highlights-need-education-investment-berkshires <p></p><p>Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today toured an elementary school in one the state’s Gateway Cities, where he also highlighted his plan to make significant investments in public education.</p><p></p><p>Governor Patrick was led by students through the Silvio Conte Community School in Pittsfield, where he met students, teachers, and administrators.</p><p>Governor Patrick addressed the challenges schools in Gateway Cities, like the Silvio Conte Community School face every day, with many students from low-income households and many studying English as a second language.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 22:36:27 +0000 Lucas Willard 60953 at http://wamc.org Mass. Governor Highlights Need for Education Investment in Berkshires Mass. Secretary of Transportation Discusses Bond Bill in Berkshires http://wamc.org/post/mass-secretary-transportation-discusses-bond-bill-berkshires <p></p><p>Massachusetts’ Secretary of Transportation visited the Berkshires on Thursday to pitch the governor’s transportation budget, and to discuss the newly filed transportation bond bill with local legislators and heads of town governments.</p><p></p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 59912 at http://wamc.org Mass. Secretary of Transportation Discusses Bond Bill in Berkshires Groups Argue Over Size and Scope of Mass. Budget http://wamc.org/post/groups-argue-over-size-and-scope-mass-budget <p></p><p>Discussion over the proper size for Massachusetts’ budget continues as supporters of Governor Deval Patrick’s intention to raise revenues rallied in Boston Tuesday. But House legislators and other groups are advocating for a smaller tax package.</p><p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 22:25:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 59801 at http://wamc.org Groups Argue Over Size and Scope of Mass. Budget Northern Berkshire Residents Press Lawmakers for Transportation Funding http://wamc.org/post/northern-berkshire-residents-press-lawmakers-transportation-funding <p></p><p>Concerned members of the Northern Berkshire community gathered in North Adams Friday to participate in an open discussion on their current and future public transportation needs.</p><p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 23:02:53 +0000 Lucas Willard 59475 at http://wamc.org Northern Berkshire Residents Press Lawmakers for Transportation Funding 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