Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Gov. Patrick swears in a Northborough resident as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Information courtesy of the office of the Patrick-Murray Administration Northborough's John Polanowicz was sworn in on Tuesday as Secretary of Health and Human Services. “John is an incredible talent and I am pleased to bring him into our Administration at this critical time,” said Gov. Deval Patrick. “John will use his expertise as a health care leader to help Massachusetts increase our already nation-leading access to care, while also tackling the issue of costs. John’s compassion and thoughtfulness will make him a strong advocate for our veterans, families and individuals with disabilities across the Commonwealth.” Prior to his appointment, Secretary Polanowicz served as president of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton since 2011…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Money would help pay to improve transportation system and education in the commonwealth.
Wednesday, January 16
Governor Deval Patrick is expected to propose $1 billion in new taxes to help pay to improve the state’s transportation system and expand early education programs, reported The Boston Globe. Patrick is expected to announce the plan at his State of the Commonwealth speech Wednesday night. The plan is to increase the state income tax from 5.25 percent to 5.66 percent, which would raise $1 billion. Patrick’s plan would also need to raise other taxes and fees to pay for the spending increases of $1.5 billion next year and $2 billion annually after that, according to The Globe. What do you think of the governor's proposal? Do you support raising taxes to fund these programs?
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.
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, February 1, 2012
Last week, the Patrick-Murray administration announced its fiscal year 2013 budget for Massachusetts.
Based on initial numbers, Town Admininistrator said state local aid seems to be "right on target for now," according to the budget released by the Patrick-Murray Administration on Jan. 25. Governor Deval Patrick filed his FY2013 budget recommendation last Wednesday, calling it "a balanced and fiscally responsible plan that reflects the Governor's unprecedented commitment to education, health care, creating jobs and other key priorities that support long-term job growth and prosperity and will continue to accelerate the Commonwealth's economic recovery. Cherry Sheet estimates differed little with Gov. Patrick's budget. Education items, including Chapter 70 and school transportation, shows an estimated increase from predictions of $116,324…