Thursday, January 17, 2013
Tell us: do you think Massachusetts needs to increase taxes to strengthen education and transportation?
In his State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night, Gov. Deval Patrick proposed raising the state's income tax by a full percentage point and lowering the sales tax to pay for $2 billion worth of transportation improvements and early childhood education programs. "There is no good time to raise taxes. I know how tough the times have been on the people and families of the Commonwealth. And though the worst of the recession is over, many, many families still face tough decisions and have deep anxiety about the future. I would not ask if I did not believe in my heart that investing meaningfully today in education and transportation will significantly improve our economic tomorrows," Patrick said. Patrick said he wanted a more fair and…
The governor unveiled legislation Wednesday to strengthen gun laws in Massachusetts while increasing funding for mental health services. Sensible or reactionary?
Are new proposed laws regarding guns in Massachusetts and mental health services sensible and pragmatic steps, or reactionary measures that won't increase safety? Gov. Deval Patrick introduced new legislation Wednesday along those lines in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn. "I am encouraged by the palpable consensus in our Legislature that the time for action is now. All of us must pull in the same direction to bring about real change in this state and across the country," Patrick said in a press release. The bill would, among other things: Punishments for crimes involving guns would also sharpen, with tiered punishments for possessing different weapons on school property and giving police the authority to arrest without…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Where and when to watch or listen to the Massachusetts governor's annual address tonight.
I would suspect that the governor's annual State of the State address is not, usually, a TV ratings champ. But tonight's speech, which starts at 7:30 p.m., may attract more viewers and listeners than usual. Why? Since it happens on the heels of Gov. Deval Patrick saying he wants to raise $1 billion by hiking the Massachusetts income tax. So you may want to watch tonight. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: CBS ABC NBC NECN Streamed live on boston.com Streamed live on http://www.malegislature.gov/ If you know of other websites, TV stations or radio stations carrying the State of the State live, please add them to the comment section below.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Kelly was honored with a Leading by Example Award on Thursday.
Friday, October 26, 2012
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following was submitted by Reginald Zimmerman.) Gov. Deval Patrick's Leading by Example Program recognized state agencies, municipalities, institutes of higher education, a regional planning commission, and two individuals on Thursday for significantly reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, increased recycling, the use of renewable energy, and other clean energy and environmental quality initiatives. Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan helped present an award to James Kelly of the Town of Sudbury. “Governor Patrick has set some of the most ambitious energy efficiency and renewable energy targets in the nation, and our state and local governments are setting the pace when it comes to…
Friday, September 28, 2012
Asked about toll fairness during a Patch live chat, Governor Deval Patrick asked a reader whether he'd support high-speed tolls. Are these a good way to share the transportation funding pain, or another money grab?
Are high-speed tolls along Interstate 93 and other highways a smart way to help fund transportation in the state? Governor Deval Patrick mentioned such a system during a Patch live chat on Thursday. If you've gone up Interstate 95 into New Hampshire, you've seen high-speed tolling in action. The system is designed to read your EZ-Pass (new Fast Lane) transponder while you breeze by at 65 miles per hour. There's no need to slow down or squeeze though a booth, as EZ-Pass users currently do on the Mass Pike, Tobin Bridge and harbor tunnels. The chat moved on to other topics, so no details about implementation were offered. What do you think? Would tolls along I-93 offer some fairness to riders in Boston, MetroWest and North Shore, who all …
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Eighth-grader Madison Gullotti chosen for efforts in charity work.
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- Robert Fucci
Thursday, December 23, 2010
While most eighth-grade students are busy with school work, sports and friends, one in Sudbury is preparing to be a part of an unprecedented political event. On Jan. 8, Gov. Deval Patrick and Lt. Gov. Tim Murray will welcome eighth-graders from every corner of the Commonwealth for an ambitious service project known as "Project 351," the featured event of the Patrick-Murray inauguration. Each city and town was asked to select a student with a strong service ethic to play an active role. Among those chosen was Sudbury's Madison Gullotti. "I was surprised," the Curtis Middle School student said. "I had never heard of (Project 351). But I got excited. It's a big honor to be chosen. My principal and guidance councilor told me they picked me…