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Former Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick speaking at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams.
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Former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, citing the "cruelty of our elections process" and the effect it would have on his loved ones, has announced that he will not run for president.

Former Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick speaking at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams.
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says a run for the White House in 2020 is on his "radar screen," while adding that he's far from making any final decision.

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Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is among a series of speakers marking Williams College’s 226th commencement this weekend.

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Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will be one of five speakers marking Williams College’s commencement in June.

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Today’s neck-and-neck election for governor of Massachusetts marks a new political era for the Bay State: Governor Deval Patrick is not on the ballot. But he is invested in the outcome. The Democrat, who is not seeking a third term, has been a vocal supporter of Attorney General Martha Coakley, who faces Republican Charlie Baker in today’s race. Patrick spoke this afternoon with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has directed that due to weather conditions, non-emergency Executive Branch employees living or working in the following counties should not report to their workplaces on Thursday, February 13, 2014:

Berkshire County

Franklin County

Hampshire County

Hampden County

Worcester County

State Offices in the remaining counties will be open for business.

For More information, please visit or call 211 for updates.

In Speech, Mass. Gov. Reflects On Past, Future

Jan 29, 2014

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick looked back at his legacy and ahead to his last year in office as he delivered his final State of the Commonwealth address.

Patrick pledged to continue to make government more effective, calling for an overhaul of Massachusetts' unemployment insurance system and vowing to pass legislation making it easier to register to vote.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is preparing to deliver a belated State of the Commonwealth address.

Patrick initially planned to give the speech last week, but had to postpone it under the threat of a winter storm.

Patrick plans to give the speech Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

It will become something of a political warm-up. President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The decision to delay the speech robbed it of some of its suspense.

Mass. Gov. Patrick: No VP Run For Me In 2016

Jan 24, 2014

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said he's not interested in running for vice president in 2016 — even if Hillary Clinton calls.

Patrick made the comment during his monthly radio show on WGBH-FM Thursday.

Patrick, who has repeatedly said he's not interested pursuing the presidency in 2016, described running for public office as an "unpleasant, intrusive, grueling business."

Asked if he's ruled out ever running for public office again, Patrick said "maybe one day but not in the foreseeable future."

Mass. Gov. Reschedules Final State Of The State

Jan 23, 2014

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has rescheduled his annual State of the State address after cancelling the speech due to the winter storm on Tuesday.

Patrick will deliver the speech next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

The speech was originally scheduled at 7 p.m. on Tuesday but Patrick decided to postpone it in light of the snow emergency and his decision to release non-emergency state workers early.

The decision robbed the speech of some of its suspense.

Mass. Senate Approves Bill To Allow Early Voting

Jan 17, 2014

Massachusetts residents would be able to cast ballots up to 10 days before an election and register to vote on Election Day under a bill overwhelmingly approved by the Massachusetts Senate.

The bill would also let voters register online.

The House last year approved a similar bill that would let voters cast ballots up to two weeks before a presidential election.

The Senate bill expands that to allow early voting in all biennial state elections and primaries by 2016.

Mass. Orders Utilities To Modernize Operations

Dec 24, 2013

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's administration is calling on the state's utilities to develop plans for modernizing the state's electricity grid.

Under an order issued Monday by the Department of Public Utilities, electric companies would have to invest in new advanced metering equipment.

Administration officials say advanced metering allows for stronger communication between utilities and customers that can help save energy and costs, and let the electric grid operate more efficiently.

9 States Tighten Carbon Dioxide Pollution Rules

Dec 10, 2013

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s administration has issued final amendments to a regulation it says will reduce up to 90 million tons of carbon dioxide pollution from power plants across nine New England and mid-Atlantic states during the next six years.

Massachusetts and eight other states who also adopted revisions — Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont — are part of the nation's first multi-state "cap-and-trade" program known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

UMass To Detail Satellite Center In Springfield

Nov 26, 2013

The University of Massachusetts is about to establish a long-awaited physical presence in the city of Springfield.

Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to join UMass President Robert Caret and several other officials to announce the location of a satellite center that will open next fall in the state's third-largest city.

The facility will house academic programs affiliated with the university's flagship campus in Amherst, as well as other UMass campuses.

More details are expected to be released at a late morning news conference.

JFK Statue Open For Viewing For 50th Memorial

Nov 22, 2013
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A statue of John F. Kennedy on the lawn of the Massachusetts Statehouse will be open for public viewing on the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination.

The statue has been largely off limits to the public since new security procedures that went into effect after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

State leaders said the statue would be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, and again Monday during those hours.

Gov. Deval Patrick plans to lay a wreath at the statue on Friday.

Mass. Gov. Says Casino Law Working As It Should

Nov 21, 2013

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick insists the state's casino gambling law is working exactly as it was intended and that he is not surprised by several recent votes against proposed casinos.

The latest was in Milford, where voters on Tuesday soundly rejected a bid by Foxwoods to develop a $1 billion casino.

Patrick signed the 2011 law that authorized up to three regional resort casinos and one slots parlor. He said Wednesday that he had no second thoughts about the measure and does not want to see it repealed.

Mass. Senate Approves Hike In State Minimum Wage

Nov 20, 2013

The Massachusetts Senate has voted to increase the state's minimum wage from $8 to $11 dollars per hour by 2016 and tie subsequent increases to inflation.

The bill, approved by a 32-7 vote, would hike the wage for the state's lowest-paid workers in increments over the next three years, with the new wage kicking in next July. Governor Deval Patrick says lawmakers could take another step as well.

The state's minimum wage has not changed since 2008.

Mass. Gov. To Sign Revised Tribal Casino Compact

Nov 15, 2013

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is planning to sign a new tribal casino compact with the Mashpee Wampanoag approved by the Legislature last week.

Patrick is to sign it today. The Bureau of Indian Affairs also must approve it.

Mass Gov. Patrick: $73M For Affordable Housing

Nov 14, 2013

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says the state is committing $73 million dollars to build or preserve affordable housing.

Patrick planned to announce the plan on Thursday at an apartment complex in Cambridge. The administration says a total of two dozen projects in 17 Massachusetts communities would add or save more than 1,100 affordable housing units and create nearly 2,000 construction jobs in the process.

The program would tap more than $22 million in state or federal tax credits for low-income housing and more than $5 million in housing subsidies.

Mass.: Shutdown Harming State Economy, Services

Oct 3, 2013

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s administration is warning that the federal government shutdown is harming the Massachusetts economy and putting people across the state in jeopardy.

Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor said Wednesday that as a result of the shutdown, 4,600 federally funded state employees may face furloughs or layoffs and that funding will soon run out for dozens of programs for education, health care, job creation and veterans.

New Law Would Put 17-Year-Olds In Juvenile Court

Sep 19, 2013
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has signed into law a bill placing 17-year-olds accused of crimes under the jurisdiction of the state's juvenile courts. Currently in Massachusetts, 17-year-olds are treated as adults, regardless of the circumstances or severity of the offense.

Thirty-nine other states and the federal government use 18 as the age of adult criminal jurisdiction.

In cases of violent crimes, juvenile court judges would have the discretion to impose an adult sentence. The law also means 17-year-olds won't receive an adult criminal record.

Gov. Patrick To Press Lawmaker On Gun Control Bill

Sep 13, 2013

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is again appealing to lawmakers to approve his sweeping gun control bill.

Patrick is planning to testify before a hearing of the Public Safety Committee at the Statehouse today.

The committee has been holding hearings on nearly 60 gun-related bills across the state this summer.

Patrick's legislation would tighten access to high-powered rounds of ammunition, create four new types of firearms-related crimes and mandate that buyers undergo background checks before purchasing weapons at gun shows.

Boston Airport Apologizes For Fire Drill On 9/11

Sep 12, 2013

Officials at Boston's Logan Airport are apologizing for holding a fire drill, complete with smoke and flames, on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The two hijacked jets that were flown into the World Trade Center towers that day had taken off from Logan.

Gov. Deval Patrick, who did not know in advance about the drill, calls the timing of it "dumb." But he adds that he retained confidence in the leadership of the Massachusetts Port Authority, the public agency that runs the airport.

Plenty On Mass. Legislature's To-Do List In Fall

Sep 2, 2013

Massachusetts State lawmakers will have plenty on their plates when they ramp up activity after Labor Day.

The House and Senate have not met formally since the end of July.

Among the high-profile issues the Legislature is likely to grapple with in the fall are gun control, welfare reform and proposals to increase the minimum wage.

Mass. Gov. Patrick Returning To Public Spotlight

Aug 28, 2013
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is returning to the public spotlight after a month during which he's kept an unusually low profile.

Patrick will attend a meeting of the Governor's Council. It's the first public event he's had at the Statehouse since a July 31 meeting of the council.

In the afternoon, Patrick will participate in a bell-ringing at the Old South Meeting House in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and the March on Washington.

Kayyem Takes Step Toward Bid For Mass. Governor

Aug 21, 2013
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Juliette Kayyem, a former state and national homeland security adviser, has taken a key step toward a potential run for Massachusetts governor.

Kayyem, a Democrat, has formed a campaign committee and filed a statement of organization on Tuesday with the state office of Campaign and Political Finance.

A spokeswoman said a further statement would be released today.

Gov. Patrick Holding Cabinet Meeting At His Farm

Aug 2, 2013
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is heading to his Sweet P Farm in western Massachusetts to meet with his cabinet as he looks ahead to his final 17 months in office.

Patrick said Wednesday that twice a year — usually in December and in the summer — he gets together with his cabinet to brainstorm about longer term work.

Patrick said he and his team will meet Friday to discuss issues they still hope to tackle and other issues that have surfaced that they need to get ahead of.

Gov. Patrick: I Expect To OK Tax-Free Weekend

Jul 30, 2013
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says he expects to sign off on another summer tax-free weekend.

House lawmakers are planning to take up a bill this week to create the sales tax holiday. The Senate is also expected to follow suit.

Patrick said that like last year the state will have to come up with a way to offset the lost revenue, which has averaged about $20 million in past years.

Under the legislation, the sales tax holiday would be scheduled for Aug. 10 and 11 and will apply to retail sales excluding any single item priced higher than $2,500.

Mass. Taxes On Gas, Cigarettes To Increase

Jul 29, 2013
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Massachusetts consumers will soon be paying higher taxes for gasoline and cigarettes.

The state's gasoline tax jumps 3 cents on Wednesday, from 21 cents per gallon to 24 cents.

Smokers will also have to shell out more for a pack of cigarettes, with the excise tax jumping $1 from $2.51 per pack to $3.51 per pack.