Saturday, November 24, 2012
Gov. Deval Patrick plans to ask lawmakers to raises taxes to make up for the shortfall in Massachusetts' transportation system. What options should they consider and what's off the table?
Would you be willing to pay more at the pump, have a tracking system on your car that taxes you by the mile, or see tolls on state highways? Those are just some of the possibilities looming as Massachusetts looks to erase the state's transportation system's deficit. The Boston Globe reported that Gov. Deval Patrick will ask lawmakers to raise taxes in order to pay for a transportation system—from the MBTA to roads and bridges—that continues to operate in the red. The administration will present a specific proposal by Jan. 7. One option is raising the gas tax, a route Patrick sought in 2009 only to be rebuffed by the legislature. Patrick sought a 19 cent increase while business groups endorsed a 25 cent increase. Ultimately, the state …
Monday, October 1, 2012
The governor said Hurricane Sandy could hit Sunday night and linger into Wednesday.
Gov. Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency and held a press conference Saturday afternoon to update to the public about how the state is preparing for the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Sandy is currently a category 1 hurricane rolling up the Atlantic and is expected to turn northwest Sunday afternoon. Impact on New England from the storm is expected by Sunday night and could linger until Wednesday. "While we continue to hope for the best, we are planning for the worst," Patrick said. There may be coastal flooding, severe beach erosion, damaging winds, widespread power outages, and possibly 5 inches or more of rain. "This afternoon I declared a state of emergency commonwealth-wide," Patrick said. "This enables us to cut through some …
Monday, April 30, 2012
The Golden Warriors three-time state champions were given much-deserved kudos at the State House last week.
Monday, April 30, 2012
This press release was provided by the office of Governor Deval Patrick. Governor Deval Patrick and Sen. Barry Finegold last week congratulated the Andover High School Division I State Championship girls basketball team during their visit to the State House. “I am proud to congratulate these talented players on winning the State Championship,” said Governor Patrick. “This title is a testament to their teamwork, dedication and passion for the game and each other.” The Andover High School Girls basketball team, the Golden Warriors, won the Massachusetts Division I State Championship by defeating Holyoke on March 17. This marks the third consecutive state title for the Golden Warriors, a feat accomplished by only a handful of high school …