Friday, March 8, 2013
The program also allows users to develop their own plan and see its effects on their tax bill.
In an effort to further promote his proposed $34.8 billlion budget, Gov. Deval Patrick this week rolled out an online tool that would help families see the effect his plan would have on their bottom line. The tool was released less than a week after Patrick unveiled 400 online maps showing what each district would receive in transportation and education benefits under his tax plan. "We are proposing meaningful investments in education and transportation, and people want to know what that means for them," Patrick said. "Last week, with the maps, we showed what long-postponed projects would get done in each community. Now, with this tool, we show just what the costs or savings will be for individual households." The program not only lets …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Patrick announced the budget adjustments Tuesday.
In anticipation of the “fiscal cliff” combined with projected tax revenues that are more than half a billion dollars lower than previously expected, Gov. Deval Patrick released a revised budget designed to deal with the gap on Tuesday. “The uncertainty of the fiscal cliff and the resulting slow down in growth, is the direct cause of our budget challenges,” Patrick said. “Congress and the President must come to terms on a solution so the private sector will continue to make the kind of investments that create jobs, grow state and federal tax revenue collections and contribute to a lasting economic recovery." The state is now expecting to bring in roughly 21.5 billion in tax revenue, and Patrick's plan to bridge the gap between this amount …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Brendan Ryan will replace William "Mo" Cowan of Stoughton.
Gov. Deval Patrick announced Tuesday that he will have a new chief of staff beginning in January. Brendan Ryan, who is now the administration's director of communications, will take over from Stoughton resident William “Mo” Cowan, who has held the job since January 2011. Ryan, 31, is the longest-serving member of the governor’s senior staff, according to a press release from Patrick's office. He is a graduate of St. Sebastian's School in Needham and Vanderbilt University, and worked as Patrick's deputy chief of staff in 2007 and 2008 before leaving to work as Massachusetts political director for President Barack Obama's first campaign. He returned as a special adviser in 2009, and since has worked with the MBTA and then on Patrick's re-…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Patrick helped staff and volunteers dish out meals for their annual Day of Thanks.
Gov. Deval Patrick on Sunday helped volunteers and staff at the Boston Rescue Mission serve a Thanksgiving dinner to hundreds of people in need. “As the holiday season draws near, it is important that we come together as a community to help those in need,” said Governor Patrick. “I am proud to join the Boston Rescue Mission in their efforts to ensure that no one goes hungry this Thanksgiving holiday.” The Boston Rescue Mission, at 39 Kingston St., has provided basic life necessities, programs and services to the poor and homeless since 1899 and has hosted the annual Day of Thanks event for the past 18 years. Along with serving hot meals on the annual Day of Thanks, the downtown mission also distributes turkeys with complete holiday food …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Rumor has it that Patrick could be asked to be the next U.S. attorney general.
Gov. Deval Patrick said will not resign from his job even if President Obama asks him to become the next U.S. attorney general. “I like what I do, and I have more that I want to accomplish in the next two years,” Patrick said, according to a Boston Globe article. “And then I promised [my wife] Diane that I’d go back into the private sector, and I’m going to keep that promise.” This means that Patrick will remain governor until his term expries, in January 2015. Rumors have been swirling about Patrick's possible departure after Obama won re-election and a few nights later Patrick was among the few to attend what was called a "social dinner" at the White House. Patrick said there was no talk at the dinner about him joining the …
Friday, September 28, 2012
In a live chat on Patch Thursday, Gov. Deval Patrick said he approves of the extraordinary step of allowing release to defense attorneys of State Police interviews with alleged "rogue chemist" Annie Dookhan.
Gov. Deval Patrick took part in a live chat on Patch Thursday. In it, he spoke about the scandal engulfing the State Drug Lab in Jamaica Plain. That's where so-called "rogue chemist" Annie Dookhan is alleged to have tainted the evidence in as many as 34,000 cases. Thousands of drug dealers behind bars could go free (and some have already been released.) Asked by Patch for a progress report on the mammoth task of dealing with the fallout, here's what the governor typed: The criminal investigation is ongoing. Yesterday, in a very unusual move, prosecutors gave defense attorneys all the notes of State Police interviews of witnesses to date, including the notes of the interview of Annie Dookhan, the chemist at the center of this. Given the …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The governor will take your questions Thursday at 1:30 p.m..
Governor Deval Patrick will answer your questions during our live chat at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. To join the chat, enter your name and question in the widget above. We will try to get to as many questions as we can within the allotted 45 minutes, but can't guarantee every question will make it into the chat.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Here are five things going on in the South End and nearby today.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
1. Weather: The National Weather Service predicts a rainy day after 10 a.m. with a high near 77 degrees. The afternoon will get breezy and there's a chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Overnight, temperatures will drop down to 63 degrees. 2. Gov. Patrick Stops By: Governor Deval Patrick will be in the neighborhood today, when he tours the Boston Health Care for the Homeless program at Boston Medical Center (780 Albany St.). The governor will make his appearance around 12 p.m. today. 3. Mayor Menino Stops By: Not to be outdone by the Governor, Mayor Menino will also be in the South End today,when he stops by Blackstone Elementary School (380 Shawmut Ave.) to join students in kicking off Boston Public Schools’ new, single stream …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Ask Governor Deval Patrick about any topic you like during our live chat at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Governor Deval Patrick will take your questions live on Patch this Thursday. The governor will spend 45 minutes fielding your questions as they come. Head on over to our homepage from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Thursday to join our chat. Just provide your name, and you'll be able to ask your questions immediately. If you can't make the live chat, leave your questions as comments to this article, and we'll do our best to add them to the queue. We will publish the live chat transcript immediately and a recap first thing on Friday morning. Questions submitted will be subject to moderator approval. No vulgar or libelous comments will be allowed. Because we expect a high volume of questions for the chat session, we will keep the questions …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Bill could nullify the need for the issue to be on the ballot this fall.
A bill sent to the governor's desk this week could take one of the three questions off the ballot in November. On Tuesday, the last day of the Legislative session, the two sides in the "Right to Repair" debate reached an agreement that could make the fall vote unnecessary. According to the bill, automakers would be required make available to independent mechanics all repair codes and other diagnostic information but have time to satisfy a mandate that all new cars sold in Massachusetts include an onboard diagnostic and repair information system that can be accessed from a laptop computer, according to the Boston Herald. Thursday the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Global Automakers sent Gov. Deval Patrick a letter urging him to sign…