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New England News
8:06 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Mass. Gov. Patrick Returning To Public Spotlight

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is returning to the public spotlight after a month during which he's kept an unusually low profile.

Patrick will attend a meeting of the Governor's Council. It's the first public event he's had at the Statehouse since a July 31 meeting of the council.

In the afternoon, Patrick will participate in a bell-ringing at the Old South Meeting House in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and the March on Washington.

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New England News
7:21 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Kayyem Takes Step Toward Bid For Mass. Governor

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Juliette Kayyem, a former state and national homeland security adviser, has taken a key step toward a potential run for Massachusetts governor.

Kayyem, a Democrat, has formed a campaign committee and filed a statement of organization on Tuesday with the state office of Campaign and Political Finance.

A spokeswoman said a further statement would be released today.

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New England News
7:12 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Gov. Patrick Holding Cabinet Meeting At His Farm

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is heading to his Sweet P Farm in western Massachusetts to meet with his cabinet as he looks ahead to his final 17 months in office.

Patrick said Wednesday that twice a year — usually in December and in the summer — he gets together with his cabinet to brainstorm about longer term work.

Patrick said he and his team will meet Friday to discuss issues they still hope to tackle and other issues that have surfaced that they need to get ahead of.

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New England News
7:16 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Gov. Patrick: I Expect To OK Tax-Free Weekend

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says he expects to sign off on another summer tax-free weekend.

House lawmakers are planning to take up a bill this week to create the sales tax holiday. The Senate is also expected to follow suit.

Patrick said that like last year the state will have to come up with a way to offset the lost revenue, which has averaged about $20 million in past years.

Under the legislation, the sales tax holiday would be scheduled for Aug. 10 and 11 and will apply to retail sales excluding any single item priced higher than $2,500.

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New England News
6:02 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Mass. Taxes On Gas, Cigarettes To Increase

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Massachusetts consumers will soon be paying higher taxes for gasoline and cigarettes.

The state's gasoline tax jumps 3 cents on Wednesday, from 21 cents per gallon to 24 cents.

Smokers will also have to shell out more for a pack of cigarettes, with the excise tax jumping $1 from $2.51 per pack to $3.51 per pack.

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New England News
6:34 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Gov. Patrick Announces $31M In Development Grants

Thirty-eight cities and towns across Massachusetts are set to receive $31 million in federal Community Development Block Grants.  

Gov. Deval Patrick says the money will help pay for housing rehabilitation, public service projects and local infrastructure.

Patrick planned to officially announce the grants Friday in West Springfield, where $900,000 will be used for housing, social service programs and upgrades to neighborhood sidewalks.

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New England News
6:10 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Mass. Lawmakers Override Transportation Veto

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Taxes on gasoline and cigarettes are set to increase after Massachusetts lawmakers voted to override Governor Deval Patrick's veto of a transportation financing bill.

The bill contains a 3 cent per gallon hike in the gas tax, along with a $1 per pack increase in the cigarette tax. Those tax hikes are scheduled to take effect in seven days.

Patrick vetoed the bill after lawmakers rejected his demand to add a provision allowing for an additional gas tax hike if tolls on the western portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike come down as scheduled in 2017.

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8:49 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Mass. Lawmakers To Consider Transportation Veto

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Massachusetts could finally have a transportation financing law soon, though it may not be the version Governor Deval Patrick wanted.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray say they expect Patrick's veto of the bill be taken up in both chambers on Wednesday.

Both leaders said on Monday they expected the veto to be overridden.

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New England News
6:03 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Mass. Lawmakers Weigh Key Financial Matters

Lawmakers in Massachusetts face several key financial decisions this week.

The Legislature is expected to take up an amendment proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick to a transportation finance bill that would allow the state's gasoline tax to rise if tolls on the western portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike are taken down as scheduled in 2017.

Legislative leaders have said they oppose the amendment, while Patrick says he will veto the transportation bill unless the change is made.

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New England News
7:20 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Attendance Appears To Slip At Boston July 4 Events

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Attendance appeared down at this year's Fourth of July celebration in Boston, Massachusetts.

Crowds gathering on the Charles River Esplanade for the Boston Pops concert and fireworks display seemed a bit thinner than in recent years. It's unclear if new security restrictions resulting from April's marathon bombing or other factors were responsible.

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