Governor Deval Patrick

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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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Task Force Dedicated To Violence Prevention Observes 20th Anniversary

Tony Pettaway of the Mayor's Citywide Violence Prevention Task Force welcomes people to an observance of the group's 20th anniversary
WAMC

        Massachusetts is going to have a so-called “ three strikes” crime law.  Governor Deval Patrick says he will sign a controversial crime bill aimed at keeping repeat violent criminals off the streets. People working to prevent violence in one western Massachusetts city say the real solution to improved public safety is community partnerships.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
6:05 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Massachusetts District Attorneys Criticize Governor's Remarks on Bill

Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless
Mass.gov

Six District Attorneys in the State of Massachusetts have sent a letter to Governor Deval Patrick in response to remarks he made about the anti-crime bill in a recent television interview. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless joined 5 other District Attorney’s across Massachusetts in signing a letter to Governor Deval Patrick criticizing him about his comment that the state’s prosecutors are “gaming” the system to put non-violent drug offenders in jail. Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless…

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New England News
6:00 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Berkshire Officials Reject Attention to Governor's Supposed Pothole Problem

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

A request from Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to local officials to fix potholes near his Berkshire home before a visit from First Lady Michelle Obama has created a media buzz. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief reports that the local officials are left scratching their heads at the attention.

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New England News
5:22 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Massachusetts Governor Vetoes Items In FY 2013 Budget

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the state’s FY 2013 budget on Sunday, but some proposals didn’t make the cut. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a look at what items the governor vetoed and filed a report…

Governor Patrick vetoed 32.1 million in line items from the 32.5 billion dollar budget signed earlier this week. Among the items cut were reforms to immigration policy, health and social services.

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New England News
4:51 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Gov.Patrick Asked For More State Funds For Northampton Fairgrounds Project

New horse barns at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, MA
WAMC

More state funding is being sought to redevelop a major tourist attraction in Western Massachusetts.  Officials made their pitch Tuesday to Governor Deval Patrick for more help for the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

        Governor Patrick said he was impressed by the progress made so far on what is planned as a $50 million dollar project to develop a facility capable of hosting events year round. But he stopped short of a firm commitment of more state money.

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