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.
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.
The University of Massachusetts is about to establish a long-awaited physical presence in the city of Springfield.
Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to join UMass President Robert 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.
The facility will house academic programs affiliated with the university's flagship campus in Amherst, as well as other UMass campuses.
More details are expected to be released at a late morning news conference.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick insists the state's casino gambling law is working exactly as it was intended and that he is not surprised by several recent votes against proposed casinos.
The latest was in Milford, where voters on Tuesday soundly rejected a bid by Foxwoods to develop a $1 billion casino.
Patrick signed the 2011 law that authorized up to three regional resort casinos and one slots parlor. He said Wednesday that he had no second thoughts about the measure and does not want to see it repealed.
The Massachusetts Senate has voted to increase the state's minimum wage from $8 to $11 dollars per hour by 2016 and tie subsequent increases to inflation.
The bill, approved by a 32-7 vote, would hike the wage for the state's lowest-paid workers in increments over the next three years, with the new wage kicking in next July. Governor Deval Patrick says lawmakers could take another step as well.
The state's minimum wage has not changed since 2008.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says the state is committing $73 million dollars to build or preserve affordable housing.
Patrick planned to announce the plan on Thursday at an apartment complex in Cambridge. The administration says a total of two dozen projects in 17 Massachusetts communities would add or save more than 1,100 affordable housing units and create nearly 2,000 construction jobs in the process.
The program would tap more than $22 million in state or federal tax credits for low-income housing and more than $5 million in housing subsidies.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s administration is warning that the federal government shutdown is harming the Massachusetts economy and putting people across the state in jeopardy.
Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor said Wednesday that as a result of the shutdown, 4,600 federally funded state employees may face furloughs or layoffs and that funding will soon run out for dozens of programs for education, health care, job creation and veterans.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has signed into law a bill placing 17-year-olds accused of crimes under the jurisdiction of the state's juvenile courts. Currently in Massachusetts, 17-year-olds are treated as adults, regardless of the circumstances or severity of the offense.
Thirty-nine other states and the federal government use 18 as the age of adult criminal jurisdiction.
In cases of violent crimes, juvenile court judges would have the discretion to impose an adult sentence. The law also means 17-year-olds won't receive an adult criminal record.