Friday, September 28, 2012
The governor had a live chat with Patch yesterday.
Natick resident and Patch blogger Ben Jackson asked Gov. Deval Patrick a question during Patch's live chat. "Governor, those of us in the MetroWest area currently pay an unequal premium to commute into the city. Are there plans to finally elminiate the Mass Pike tolls, or to equally tax those who enter the city from the North and South—and possibly to use that money to fill the MBTA or MBCR budget deficits?" The governor responded: "Hi, Ben. Tolling on the Pike is a function of commitments made by previous administrations in our bond agreements. Tolling on the central artery (for example) can be done only with federal approval, because it's a federal highway. Rest assured, all of it is under consideration as we think through a …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The governor is taking your questions right now.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Gov. Deval Patrick will answer your questions during right now. 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.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Gov. Deval Patrick on Saturday sent 'Melissa's Bill' back to the Legislature. On Monday, the House rejected his amendment.
Gov. Deval Patrick set in motion a wave of criticism when he proposed an amendment to the "three strikes"/Melissa's Bill on the grounds that it lacked sufficient provisions for judicial discretion. Warning of possible unintended "unjust consequences" that can arise from mandatory sentencing laws, Patrick wrote in a letter to the Legislature, "None of us is wise or prescient enough to foresee each and every circumstance in which the new habitual offender provisions may apply." On Monday afternoon, the House rejected Patrick's amendment by a vote of 132-23, according to The Boston Globe. The bill's fate is up in the air, as the legislature's summer session will end Tuesday at midnight. The governor has not indicated whether he would veto a …
Saturday, May 12, 2012
State health officials want to put restrictions on school bake sales to discourage unhealthy eating habits, but will this hurt fundraising efforts?
Massachusetts state health officials recently recently approved regulations that would prevent bake sales from being held during school and in the 30 minutes before and after school to discourage unhealthy eating habits. Gov. Deval Patrick has backed down on the regulations after criticism from parents and organizations that say putting restrictions on bake sales would negatively impact fundraising efforts for the schools and nonprofit groups, according to USA Today. Legislation passed in 2010 will still require schools serve healthy snack options in the cafeterias and limit sugary foods. In today's poll question, we're asking: Do you think Gov. Deval Patrick should enforce the bake sale ban to help encourage Massachusetts youth to have …
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
As part of his stop in Milford Tuesday, Gov. Deval Patrick toured the facilities of Ipsen's subsidiary, Biomeasure, which recently was awarded a state grant to develop initiatives in therapies for osteoarthritis.
Gov. Deval Patrick toured the Milford facility of Ipsen Biomeasure Tuesday, along with state Rep. John Fernandes (D-Milford) and state Sen. Richard T. Moore (D-Uxbridge). The company in 2008 was successful in obtaining a three-year, $250,000-a-year Massachusetts Life Sciences Center matching grant. The company, a subsidiary of Ibsen, is working on a new protein that may enhance cartilage regeneration, according to a press release from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.