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Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Enactment Of $1M In Security Funding For Massachusetts Religious, Community Institutions
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito this week (1.6.20) joined legislators, religious leaders and advocates for a ceremonial signing of key sections of the recently-enacted supplemental budget that will triple the funding available this year to help Massachusetts houses of worship and other nonprofit groups enhance their security against hate crimes and terrorist attacks.
Baker-Polito Administration Files $74.2M Budget Bill for 2020 to Address Massachusetts Infrastructure Needs
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- The Baker-Polito Administration on Jan. 3, 2010 filed a $74.2 million supplemental budget bill to address ongoing critical funding needs, including $18 million to support MBTA infrastructure and safety investments, $10 million for school improvements and $4.2 million for investments in clean drinking water.
Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker Declares Public Health Emergency, Announces 4-Month Ban on Sale of Vape Products
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Today, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency in response to confirmed and suspected cases of severe lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes and marijuana vaping products in the Commonwealth.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Following a meeting with state officials at the Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD), the Massachusetts Center for Employee Ownership (MassCEO) is pleased to announce it has secured $50,000 in state funding for its annual operating budget.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), along with U.S. Representatives Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Stephen F. Lynch (D-Mass.), William Keating (D-Mass.), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-Mass.), Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Lori Trahan (D-Mass.), today announced that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will receive a total of $61,358,349 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
Mass. Gov. Baker Signs Executive Order Reaffirming Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- This past week (April 10), Mass. Governor Charlie Baker signed an Executive Order Reaffirming and Reconstituting the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced the Executive Order and the 2019 Action Plan at a meeting of the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- This week, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker nominated Susan Sard Tierney, a Probate and Family Court Judge assigned to the Suffolk Division of the Probate and Family Court, to the Barnstable Probate and Family Court. Judge Tierney had been a Barnstable County family practitioner for almost two decades before being nominated by Governor Baker in May of 2017 and confirmed by the Governor’s Council in June of that year.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- This past week, the Baker-Polito Administration filed its Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) budget proposal, a $40.9 billion spending plan that invests historic funding levels for local communities, provides tax relief to working families, and increases funding for education, substance misuse, and mental health services.
Mass. Sen. Warren Presses Labor Secretary for Answers Following Reports Dept. Hid Damaging Analysis of Proposed Tipping Rule
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Thursday, in Washington, D.C., United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Alexander Acosta, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), expressing concern about reports that DOL leadership hid from the public a damaging analysis showing that its proposed rule allowing employers to collect their workers' tips would cause workers to lose billions of dollars in pay.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Mass. Governor Charlie Baker this week announced the appointment of Dr. John Christian Kryder to the Health Policy Commission (HPC), an independent state agency that develops policy to reduce health care cost growth and improve the quality of patient care. Dr. Kryder is a primary care physician who has served in numerous management roles over the last three decades and will fill the board seat designated for a primary care physician.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- This past week, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded over $850,000 in Community Compact Cabinet grants to 38 municipalities and 8 school districts across the Commonwealth. These grants will assist municipalities in exploring and implementing efficiency and regionalization initiatives.
Mass. Sen. Warren Weighs in on Lawsuit Seeking Thousands of Emails Between Scott Pruitt and Fossil Fuel Industry
WASHINGTON, D.C. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Today, Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) weighed in on a lawsuit filed today by the Oklahoma law firm Hall Estill and the Oklahoma American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the Center for Media and Democracy against Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's nominee for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator.
Baker-Polito Administration Signs Contract to Boost Patient Care at Bridgewater State Hospital in Mass.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- The Baker-Polito Administration has announced that it has signed a contract with Correct Care Solutions to provide clinical patient care at the Bridgewater State Hospital. Correct Care Solutions (CCS) was selected based on its extensive experience in treating individuals with serious behavioral health needs and for its specific knowledge of the Bridgewater State Hospital facility.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- This past Friday, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly regarding the recent impacts on the Commonwealth from the immigration and refugee executive order and offered proposals for consideration when addressing future immigration reforms.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Today, in a bipartisan effort to promote the sale and use of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) in the Commonwealth, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker signed Senate Bill 2505, An Act Promoting Zero Emission Vehicle Adoption. The legislation works to increase access to ZEV charging stations for the general public by prohibiting owners of public charging stations from charging users a subscription or membership fee and requiring the use of payment options available to the general public.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- The Baker-Polito Administration announced today that the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have selected Massachusetts as one of 10 states to receive a $1.95 million grant to strengthen and expand high-quality career-education pathways for students.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Today, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett announced the release of $5.7 million in competitive grant funds to communities and local partners to bolster their efforts combatting gang violence. The awards were made to 15 communities and 11 research partners through the Shannon Community Safety Initiative, which targets gang violence in the Commonwealth.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachuetts Newswire/ -- This past week, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation to facilitate the transformation of unused state-owned land in Worcester into a site for biomanufacturing. An Act Authorizing the Transfer of Certain Parcels of Land in the City of Worcester to Promote Economic Development (H. 4774).
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- This past week, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker has nominated Michaela C. Stewart, an attorney dedicated to child welfare and juvenile law, to serve as an Associate Justice of the Juvenile Court.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ — On Monday, at the State House, Governor Charlie Baker signed landmark legislation into law to address the deadly opioid...
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- On Monday (June 1), Mass. Governor Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg announced...
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- On Friday, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the launch of CEASE Boston (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation), a...
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- On Friday, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker announced the appointment of Paul Sagan to chair the 11-member Board of Elementary...
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- On Wednesday, the Baker-Polito Administration filed a budget proposal with the Legislature for Fiscal Year 2016 that right-sizes state...
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- On Wednesday, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that he has selected East Boston resident Claudia Correa as East...
Boston Police Department and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sign memorandum of understanding to increase cooperation
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signed a memorandum of understanding with Boston Police Department Commissioner Edward Davis...
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- On Wednesday, Mass. Governor Deval Patrick announced the nominations of two experienced attorneys as District Court Clerk-Magistrates: Donald P. Hart for Nantucket District Court and Stephen C. Poitrast for Waltham District Court.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- On Tuesday, Mass. Governor Deval Patrick named Middlesex District Attorney’s (DA) Office General Counsel Marian T. Ryan as Middlesex County DA. Ryan will assume responsibility for all Middlesex County DA’s office operations and fills the vacancy created by the departure of Middlesex County DA Gerard Leone.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- On Friday, Mass. Governor Deval Patrick named Middlesex County First Assistant District Attorney (DA) Michael Pelgro as Acting Middlesex County DA. Pelgro will assume responsibility for all Middlesex County DA’s office operations until Governor Patrick appoints a permanent Middlesex County DA.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Today, Mass. Governor Deval Patrick joined state education officials, legislators and teachers from across the state to recognize recipients...
Mass. Governor Patrick Welcomes BIO International Convention to Massachusetts, Home of the Nation's Largest Life Sciences Supercluster
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Today, Governor Deval Patrick kicked-off the 2012 BIO International Convention and welcomes more than 15,000 participants and 3,000 companies...
Mass. Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Workforce Capacity Building and Youth Pathways Training Grants
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Today, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray announced eight grants funded through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s (MassCEC) Workforce Capacity...
Mass. Gov. Patrick Joins Joslin Diabetes Center to Break Ground on Translational Center for Cure of Diabetes
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Today, on the fourth anniversary of Governor Deval Patrick signing his ten-year, $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative at the...
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Governor Patrick today announced the nomination of Kenneth W. Salinger as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court. “Ken...
TEWKSBURY, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- On Monday, Governor Deval Patrick celebrated the grand opening of Thermo Fisher Scientific's Center for Excellence for portable analytical instruments. Thermo Fisher's Tewksbury location currently employs 400, and the additional center will add another 100 jobs in research, development and manufacturing over the next five years.
DENNIS, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Governor Deval Patrick today announced that 46 cities and towns across the Commonwealth will receive $26.8 million in federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to support housing rehabilitation, public service projects and local infrastructure. Governor Patrick made the announcement at Dennis Town Hall. Dennis, jointly with Harwich, received $994,000 for housing improvements and childcare assistance.
ANDOVER, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Governor Deval Patrick today celebrated the grand opening of Navidea Biopharmaceuticals' new business and commercialization facility in Andover. Navidea is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on precision diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals, and the event served as a part of a series of Massachusetts life sciences growth announcements taking place in the days prior to the BIO International Convention, which opens June 18 at the Massachusetts Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. /Massachusetts Neswswire/ -- On Monday, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray announced the formation of the Ports of Massachusetts Compact, an agreement designed to boost economic development and capitalize on resources in the Commonwealth’s seaports.
FORT DEVENS, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today toured the U.S. Army's new Base Camp Systems Integration Laboratory (SIL) at Fort Devens as part of his tour of military bases across the Commonwealth to build grassroots support to protect the missions, jobs and economic investments associated with the bases.
Mass. Governor Patrick Launches 'Plant Something' Initiative – Celebrates May as Flower and Nursery Month
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Governor Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan and Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) Commissioner Greg Watson today joined students, school officials and members of the state's horticulture industry at the Mather Elementary School in Dorchester to launch the 'Plant Something' campaign to spotlight local flower and nursery growers and encourage residents to shop at local garden centers.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- On Wednesday, Governor Deval Patrick filed his Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) budget recommendation, 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.
Students across Massachusetts wear black and take pledge to 'Black Out Bullying' in Commonwealth schools
SALEM, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Governor Deval Patrick today joined hundreds of students from across the Commonwealth participating in 'No Name Calling Day' to raise awareness and take a stand against bullying in our schools.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- In keeping with the Patrick-Murray Administration's commitment to ensuring all students have a safe learning environment, Governor Deval Patrick has designated January 25 as 'No Name Calling Day' in Massachusetts.
Mass. Lt. Governor Murray Announces $3.9 Million to Support Infrastructure and Job Creation in Oxford
OXFORD, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today joined state and local officials at IPG Photonics to announce a $2.2 million MassWorks Infrastructure Grant for the Town of Oxford and $1.7 million in Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) tax credits for Oxford's IPG Photonics.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Governor Deval Patrick today signed S. 1741, An Act Designating a Certain Bridge in the City of Leominster as the Jonathan Roberge Memorial Bridge. The bridge is being named after Jonathan Roberge of Leominster, a 22-year-old private first class in the United States Army, who was killed in action near Mosul, Iraq on February 9, 2009.
WORCESTER, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Mass. Governor Deval Patrick on Wednesday joined Public Safety Secretary Mary Elizabeth Heffernan and State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan to honor firefighters from 32 Massachusetts communities for heroic acts of bravery during the 22nd annual 'Firefighter of the Year' Awards ceremony.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Governor Deval Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Treasurer Steven Grossman on Wednesday announced an open and transparent process to help identify their joint appointments to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, which will begin with the retaining of an independent search firm.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Governor Deval Patrick today announced seven appointments to the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees, effective immediately. The diverse group holds a wide range of professional and educational experience and includes six graduates of the University of Massachusetts. The new appointees will join existing board members in governing the University of Massachusetts System.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Mass. Governor Deval Patrick today welcomed students back to school at the Springfield Renaissance School, the city's first Innovation School, which provides a personalized approach to helping each student succeed, while promoting college readiness.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- With the upcoming tenth anniversary of the September 11th tragedy and Veterans Day approaching, Attorney General Martha Coakley reminds consumers and retailers to give wisely to charities. Many veterans, police, and fire charities will be increasing their solicitation activities during this time.
Mass. Department of Public Utilities to Review the Storm Response of Two Utilities in the Wake of Tropical Storm Irene
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) on Tuesday announced it will conduct a review of storm preparation and power restoration efforts by two of the state’s investor-owned electric utilities following last week’s Tropical Storm Irene. Goals of the review include compiling lessons learned and requiring improvements, if necessary, in service during storm events.
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Victims of Tropical Storm Irene that began on Aug. 27, 2011, in Massachusetts may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service. The President has declared the following counties a federal disaster area: Berkshire and Franklin. Individuals who reside or have a business in these counties may qualify for tax relief.
WASHINGTON, D.C. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today joined Israel’s Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS), the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation...
Patrick-Murray Administration Announces 'Summer Conversations With Governor Patrick And Lieutenant Governor Murray'
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today announced that they will embark on a month-long summer conversation...
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Governor Deval Patrick signed a $1.25 billion interim budget on Monday (June 27) to ensure that state government has...
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- The following is a statement of Governor Deval Patrick relative to Osama bin Laden: "On behalf of the people...
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- The Commonwealth Marketing Office today launched a new internship site hosted by Massachusetts: It’s All Here to help keep...
Mass. Gov. Patrick Signs Bill Encouraging Financial Literacy for Massachusetts Residents and Businesses
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Governor Deval Patrick today joined Treasurer Steve Grossman to sign H2247 "An Act Establishing a Financial Literacy Trust Fund."...
Mass. Lt. Governor Murray And Becker College Announce Institute to Support Video Game Industry in Massachusetts
WORCESTER, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Building on the Commonwealth’s strengths as a center for innovation and recognizing the economic development potential of the digital...
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Continuing its commitment to building partnerships in the global economy and creating innovation jobs, Governor Deval Patrick today met...
Mass. Gov. Patrick Announces Judicial Nominations off Experienced Litigators to Superior Court and Franklin/Hampshire County Juvenile Court
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Governor Deval Patrick today announced the nominations of Worcester attorney Daniel M. Wrenn as Associate Justice of the Superior...
Mass. Gov. Patrick Joins Students, Educators To Announce New Program To Help Community College Grads Pursue Four-Year Degree At Umass Amherst
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Governor Deval Patrick today joined UMass Amherst Chancellor Robert C. Holub and Roxbury Community College (RCC) President Terrence A....
Mass. Patrick-Murray Administration Awards $350,000 In Planning Grants To 26 Potential Innovation Schools Across The Commonwealth
WORCESTER, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Building on the Patrick-Murray Administration's continued efforts to close achievement gaps, promote innovative and bold strategies in education, and...
BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray today announced that federal disaster aid will be available to Massachusetts communities hardest hit...
Mass. Gov. Patrick Visits Weizmann Institute of Science to Cultivate Life Sciences Partnerships Between Israel and Massachusetts
REHOVOT /Massachusetts Newswire/ -- As part of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011, Governor Deval Patrick today visited the Weizmann Institute of Science...