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Gov. Patrick To Press Lawmaker On Gun Control Bill

Sep 13, 2013

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is again appealing to lawmakers to approve his sweeping gun control bill.

Patrick is planning to testify before a hearing of the Public Safety Committee at the Statehouse today.

The committee has been holding hearings on nearly 60 gun-related bills across the state this summer.

Patrick's legislation would tighten access to high-powered rounds of ammunition, create four new types of firearms-related crimes and mandate that buyers undergo background checks before purchasing weapons at gun shows.

Boston Airport Apologizes For Fire Drill On 9/11

Sep 12, 2013
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Officials at Boston's Logan Airport are apologizing for holding a fire drill, complete with smoke and flames, on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The two hijacked jets that were flown into the World Trade Center towers that day had taken off from Logan.

Gov. Deval Patrick, who did not know in advance about the drill, calls the timing of it "dumb." But he adds that he retained confidence in the leadership of the Massachusetts Port Authority, the public agency that runs the airport.

Plenty On Mass. Legislature's To-Do List In Fall

Sep 2, 2013

Massachusetts State lawmakers will have plenty on their plates when they ramp up activity after Labor Day.

The House and Senate have not met formally since the end of July.

Among the high-profile issues the Legislature is likely to grapple with in the fall are gun control, welfare reform and proposals to increase the minimum wage.

Mass. Gov. Patrick Returning To Public Spotlight

Aug 28, 2013
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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.

Kayyem Takes Step Toward Bid For Mass. Governor

Aug 21, 2013
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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.

Gov. Patrick Holding Cabinet Meeting At His Farm

Aug 2, 2013
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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.

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

Jul 30, 2013
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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.

Mass. Taxes On Gas, Cigarettes To Increase

Jul 29, 2013
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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.

Gov. Patrick Announces $31M In Development Grants

Jul 26, 2013

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.

Mass. Lawmakers Override Transportation Veto

Jul 25, 2013
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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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