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Massachusetts legislators will be in Greenfield   Tuesday for a hearing on Governor Patrick’s $34.8  billion dollar state budget.

Republican State Senator Michael Knapik, a member of the joint Committee on Ways and Means says he agrees with targeted spending increases for transportation infrastructure and education, but the revenues are problematic.

Massachusetts legislators begin a series of public hearings around the state Wednesday on Governor Patrick’s proposed $34.8 billion state budget. 

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BOSTON (AP) —Gov. Deval Patrick will be leading a Massachusetts trade mission to Colombia.

Patrick, his wife, Diane, and the delegation of government and business leaders plan to leave on Saturday for the South American nation and return to Boston on Tuesday. The group will stop in several Colombian cities including Bogota and Cartagena.

The governor's office said in a statement Thursday that the mission seeks to strengthen the state's ties to Colobmia's growing innovation, life sciences and clean energy sectors.

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has tapped a close confidant , advisor and long time friend to be the state’s interim United States Senator.   William “ Mo” Cowan  will temporarily replace John Kerry until a special election is held later this year.   

To temporarily fill the senate vacancy Governor Patrick turned away from high profile politicians and turned to his former chief of staff and one –time chief legal counsel. Cowan, a 43 year old African American pledged to go to Washington   mindful of the needs and aspirations of  Massachusetts residents.


The US Senate is expected to vote Tuesday to confirm John Kerry as Secretary of State setting the stage for a special election in Massachusetts. 

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has unveiled a series of sentencing reforms, including efforts to curb sentencing on youth offenders convicted of first-degree murder. 

Governor Patrick released a bill titled “An Act to Reform the Juvenile Justice System in the Commonwealth.” Two primary focuses of the bill would extended juvenile court jurisdiction from 17 years old to 18 years old, and would also prohibit mandatory life-sentences without parole for those convicted of first degree murder between ages 14 and 18.

In a prepared statement the Governor said…

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick urged city and town leaders Friday to support his call for a big tax hike.

Top Mass. officials expected at MLK Breakfast

Jan 21, 2013
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BOSTON (AP) — One of the highlights of the state's civic and political calendar is scheduled for this week as elected officials, activists, clergy and others gather for Boston's annual breakfast honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

It's the 43rd annual hosting of the breakfast.

This year the Monday morning event is scheduled to take place on the same day that President Barack Obama will be sworn in for his second term in Washington.

The breakfast typically draws the state's top political figures.

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, beginning his final two years in office, is proposing an ambitious restructuring of the state’s tax system.  The governor outlined the proposal in his annual State of the Commonwealth Address last night. 

Governor Deval Patrick announced a bold plan that would raise an additional $1.9 billion dollars in taxes annually.

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BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers are giving mixed reviews to Gov. Deval Patrick's call to hike the state's income tax while also cutting the sales tax.

Senate President Therese Murray said she applauded Patrick's ambition but added the "the devil's in the details."

Fellow Democrat, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, said Patrick's proposal gives lawmakers a lot of food for thought, but said he didn't think the proposal could pass or fail based just on what Patrick said.

Republicans lawmakers were more critical.