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Mass. Lawmakers To Consider Transportation Veto

Jul 23, 2013
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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.

Mass. Lawmakers Weigh Key Financial Matters

Jul 15, 2013

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.

Attendance Appears To Slip At Boston July 4 Events

Jul 5, 2013
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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.

Mass. Lawmakers Weigh Gun Bills

Jul 5, 2013
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Massachusetts lawmakers are still grappling with dozens of gun-related bills more than six months after the shooting deaths of 20 first-graders and six educators in neighboring Connecticut.

Some of the bills include sweeping gun control measures like a bill proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick.

Other bills are more targeted, including measures to study whether GPS locators should be installed in guns and whether the state should create a Gun Offender Registry Board.

Not all the proposals are aimed at limiting access to guns.

Patrick Reviewing Proposed Mass. Welfare Changes

Jul 3, 2013
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says he is reviewing a proposal to require photo identification on electronic benefit transfer cards used by welfare recipients.

The governor would not immediately say if he would allow the measure to become law. The Legislature added the provision to a spending bill that reached Patrick's desk on Monday.

Lawmakers Approve $34B Mass. Budget

Jul 2, 2013

A Massachusetts state budget is headed to Governor Deval Patrick's desk after lawmakers approved the $34 billion spending plan Monday afternoon.

The budget includes additional state aid for cities and towns and enough funding for the University of Massachusetts to avoid a tuition increase in the upcoming academic year.

The House voted 123-29 and the Senate 36-3 to accept the compromise spending plan worked out by a six-member conference committee over the past several weeks.

Mass. Dems Fault Court Ruling On Voting Rights Law

Jun 26, 2013
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and other top Democrats are criticizing the Supreme Court's ruling on the landmark Voting Rights Act.

The justices ruled 5-4 Tuesday that a key provision of the law cannot be enforced unless Congress creates an up-to-date formula for deciding which states and localities still need federal monitoring.

Patrick called the decision "disappointing." He said many areas of the country are moving to limit access to the ballot and that politics is still "racially polarized" in states covered by the provision in the law.

British PM Cameron Visits Boston Marathon Memorial

May 14, 2013
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British Prime Minister David Cameron, accompanied by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, has visited the Boston Marathon bombings memorial.

Earlier this morning, Cameron and Patrick visited the makeshift memorial that includes T-shirts, letters, running shoes and other items.

The memorial grew in the wake of the April 15 explosions at the marathon finish line that killed three people and injured more than 260.

One suspect died in a shootout with police days later, while a second suspect is recovering in a federal prison hospital.

Mass. To Observe Moment Of Silence Monday

Apr 22, 2013
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is asking residents to observe a moment of silence Monday at the time the first of two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The one-minute silent tribute to victims is scheduled for 2:50 p.m. and will be followed by the ringing of bells in Boston and elsewhere in Massachusetts. It marks one week since the attacks that killed three people and wounded more than 180 others.

Group to rally in support of Mass. tax hike

Mar 12, 2013

Supporters of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's plan for a broad-based tax increase to pay for improvements in transportation and education plan to make their voices heard at the Statehouse.

A coalition called the Campaign for Our Communities has organized a rally and lobbying day today even as many top lawmakers appear to be shying away from Patrick's proposal to raise nearly $2 billion in new revenue.

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