Governor Deval Patrick

New England News
9:00 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Mass. Governor Renews Push for Tax Increase

Credit Dwight Sipler

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is renewing his push for new revenues to pay for transportation and education initiatives, while acknowledging concerns about his plan to raise the state income tax.

The tax changes proposed by the governor, aimed at raising nearly $2 billion in the fiscal year starting July 1, have so far received a lukewarm reception from legislative leaders on Beacon Hill.

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New England News
9:00 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Gov. Patrick Open to New Revenue Proposals

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says he remains open to other ideas for raising revenue to pay for improvements in transportation and education.

Patrick has proposed a series of tax changes in his budget calling for a net increase of nearly $2 billon. His plan includes hiking the income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent, while reducing the sales tax from the current 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent.

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New England News
7:56 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Mass. governor to tour areas hard hit by blizzard

February 8, 2013 - Governor Deval Patrick holds a media availability to discuss state preparations for and response to the upcoming storm and its potential impact on Massachusetts at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Headquarters in Framingham.
Credit Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to tour some of the areas hit hardest by the weekend blizzard and meet with local officials.

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New England News
12:15 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Power outages, transit closures remain in Massachusetts after major winter storm

Snowfall around Medford Square in Boston, Massachusetts, on the morning of Feb. 9, 2013.
Credit Courtesy Judah Leblang

BOSTON (AP) — A massive snowstorm packing hurricane-force winds has knocked out power to more than 400,000 customers in Massachusetts and has shuttered a nuclear power plant.

Late this morning NStar reported more than 248,000 customers out and National Grid about 160,000. Most are in southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, where there was wet heavy snow and winds gusting over 75 mph.

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New England News
12:43 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Gov. Patrick Promotes Plan To Increase Spending On Education

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick at the machinists training program at Springfield Technical Community College
Credit WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is campaigning for a big tax hike. Patrick is making the case that more revenue is needed to pay for things people say they want and need.

   Governor Deval Patrick, during a recent swing through western Massachusetts, pressed the case for raising  taxes to invest in education and transportation infrastructure.  Patrick met with students and faculty in a machinists training program at Springfield Technical Community College. The program prepares people to work in the precision manufacturing sector.

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New England News
10:45 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Mass. gov. picks ex-aide Cowan as interim senator

William 'Mo' Cowan
Credit Courtesy of the Office of Governor Deval Patrick

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has tapped his former chief-of-staff William "Mo" Cowan to serve as interim U.S. senator until a special election to fill the seat left vacant by Secretary of State-designate John Kerry.

Patrick says Cowan's role in helping turn around the Massachusetts economy in recent years "has earned him the respect and admiration of people throughout government." He says the state will benefit from Cowan's wisdom and good judgment.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Mass. Gov. Patrick Defends Lt. Gov. Murray

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says he does not believe an investigation into possible campaign finance violations was what prompted Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray to skip the 2014 governor's race.

Patrick told reporters on Friday that Murray has answered "a lot of pointed questions" about the case and that he has full trust in the lieutenant governor.

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New England News
5:55 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Opinions Mixed on Gov. Patrick's FY 2014 Budget

Opinions are mixed on Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s $34.8 billion budget released yesterday – some advocacy groups are saying the investments will pay off, while others are warning that a hike in taxes will damage a recovering economy.

In a speech detailing his  FY 2014 budget proposal, Governor Patrick focused on his plan to raise nearly $2 billion to increase funding for two key areas: education and transportation.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Gov. Patrick's FY 2014 Budget Proposal Focuses on Education, Transportation

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today released his FY 2014 budget proposal. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports that the Governor is planning to invest in three key areas: education, innovation, and infrastructure.

Governor Patrick’s $34.8 billion budget proposal follows his State of the Commonwealth speech last week where he called for more investment in transportation including streamlining public transportation and improving roads and bridges, as well as a significant boost to education spending.

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New England News
3:43 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Gov. Patrick Will Push for Increase in Mental Health Funding in Next Budget

Credit Dwight Sipler

Prior to his State of the Commonwealth address earlier this week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick outlined a comprehensive public safety plan which aside from new gun laws, included a significant increase in funding for the state’s Department of Mental  Health.

Next week Governor Deval Patrick will propose a 3.3% increase in funding in the state budget for mental health programs. The $5 million dollar boost to the state’s Department of Mental Health is intended to focus on public safety, following recent mass shootings.

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