Governor Deval Patrick

New England News
6:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Mass. Governor Announces 10,000 New Units of Affordable Housing Annually in Plan

The governor of Massachusetts recently announced a new plan to build thousands of new units of Affordable Housing in areas across the Commonwealth, while one Berkshire town submitted a proposal that help provide displaced residents with permanent housing. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
12:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Massachusetts Gov. Seeking Millions to Cover Costs from Drug Lab Scandal

The Governor of Massachusetts is seeking $30 million to cover the initial costs resulting from the testing scandal at a state drug lab. 

The governor's top budget official, Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez, said an appropriations bill would be filed with the Legislature on Thursday requesting the money.

Gonzalez says he expects the $30 million to cover costs for at least the next several months for courts, prosecutors, public defenders and other agencies that are dealing with the fallout from the drug lab crisis.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Gov. Patrick Announces Commonwealth's Preparations for Hurricane Sandy

Governor Patrick joins Lieutenant Governor Murray and cabinet members to hold a press availability to discuss storm preparations at the State House.
Credit Eric Haynes / Governor's Office

As Hurricane Sandy approaches Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick and other state officials held an announcement this afternoon to update the public on how the Commonwealth will work to help handle recovery and response during the storm. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
7:00 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Gov. Patrick Frustrated by Federal Rejection of Casino Compact

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick calls "very frustrating" the federal government's rejection of a casino compact the state had reached with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.

Patrick told reporters on Monday that he planned to reopen negotiations with the tribe but offered no timetable on when a revised compact might be completed.

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New England News
4:23 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Mass. gov: Drug firm may have misled regulators

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says the specialty pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak may have misled regulators and done work beyond the scope of its state license.

The New England Compounding Center in Framingham made a steroid that was used in contaminated injections that have sickened more than 130 people in 10 states. Twelve have died.

Patrick told reporters Wednesday that state and federal agencies "may have been misled by some of the information we were given."

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New England News
12:16 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Mass. Governor Announces Five-Year Investment Plan

The Governor of Massachusetts has announced an updated five-year strategic investment plan that includes funding for infrastructure improvement to encourage economic growth. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Governor Deval Patrick’s FY 2013 to 2017 Capital Investment Plan calls for billions of public dollars to be invested in transportation, housing, higher education, and infrastructure to boost long-term economic development.

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Vox Pop
3:28 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Vox Pop : Open Forum - The Democratic National Convention - 9/5/12

The Democratic National Convention kicked off last night with impassioned speeches by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and First Lady Michelle Obama.

On this edition of Vox Pop, we want your take on this political convention season – what do you make of the DNC thus far, what did you think of the RNC, and what do you think of the idea of party conventions in general? WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

New England News
5:01 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Massachusetts Governor Approves Sales Tax Holiday

Massachusetts shoppers will be able to purchase certain items free of sales tax this upcoming weekend, as Gov. Deval Patrick has given final approval to economic development legislation.

The bill that Patrick signed into law on Tuesday aims to spur economic development and job creation in the state. It also includes the provision for a two-day sales tax holiday Aug. 11-12 for certain purchases under $2,500.

New England News
6:00 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Massachusetts Governor Signs Bathroom Bill into Law

A new law gives people with medical conditions access to employee-only bathrooms at Massachusetts businesses if no public restrooms are available.

Gov. Deval Patrick this week signed the so-called restroom access bill. Massachusetts joins a dozen other states with similar laws.

The law’s supporters say people with inflammatory bowel diseases need immediate access to a bathroom.

Only people with a doctor’s note will be allowed access to employee-only facilities under the law.

New England News
3:38 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Massachusetts Governor Signs Renewable Energy Law

WAMC

Gov. Deval Patrick has signed an energy bill that requires Massachusetts utilities to buy more of their electricity in competitively bid, long-term contracts with renewable energy providers.

Patrick said Friday the new law will protect ratepayers while also helping the environment by requiring more use of clean energy sources.

Starting in 2016, utilities would be required to purchase 7 percent of their power from long-term renewable contracts, up from 3 percent.

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