Gov. Deval Patrick left office this evening in the traditional manner: All by himself, through the normally locked center doors of the State House, down the steps and onto Beacon Street, where he officially became another citizen again - which he celebrated with his wife Diane.
Props to Jim Braude for asking Obama about those Somerville parking tickets.
The State House News Service reports Gov. Patrick has heard software types about how bad Massachusetts looks with a tax on such basic services as setting up Web sites. Now to see if he can get the legislature to repeal the tax - and make up the $161 million he says it would raise.
Ed. conflict of interest note: I recently submitted my first... Read more
A lot of people have speculated that Lt. Governor Tim Murray's gubernatorial ambitions crashed and burned. However, with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder embroiled with scandal, the rumor about Governor Patrick being tapped to replace Holder is heating up again. If this happens, Murray becomes Acting Governor. Today, President Obama's hometown paper, the Chicago Sun, focuses on this.
When it will have been exactly a week since the bombs went off.
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, more than $7 million had been committed to the fund by corporate partners and 5,000 individual donors, they added.... Read more
Gov. Patrick's holding off on shutting roads, though.
The Outraged Liberal ponders the governor's plan to increase the income tax but cut the sales tax:
As a practical matter, the proposal was dead on arrival. But it will no doubt launch a loud and raucous debate about the quality of life and services in Massachusetts and our neighbors. That alone would be debate worth having -- and may have been an... Read more
The Globe reports Gov. Patrick will propose an increase in the income-tax rate to pay for improvements to our transportation and education systems, in his state-of-the-state address tonight.
Maybe Adam blew away. Anyways, here's highlights from the press conference Governor Patrick just gave at MEMA headquarters.
- Governor Patrick has asked all schools across the Commonwealth to close (especially along coastal communities).
- All state non-essential employees are to stay home
- Encouraged private employers to close
- HOV lane on SE Xway will be reserved for emergency providers tomorrow
- MBTA will be operating normal service ... Read more
Gov. Patrick declared a state of emergency in advance of Sandy's arrival sometime tomorrow. If something can be tied down, tie it down or bring it inside - including Halloween decorations. Stock up on emergency supplies and first-aid stuff, get cash (in case ATMs go down) and brace and hunker down like nobody's business.
In Boston, police Supt. William Evans urged everybody to stay... Read more
Mitt Romney talks a lot about all the things he's fixed. I can tell you that Massachusetts wasn't one of them.
The state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, which oversees the now infamous standards division, said today the division will issue an operating certificate to Uber now that it has learned a national standards body is evaluating GPS-based metering systems like the one Uber uses.
The office's statement came just a couple of hours after Gov. Patrick's spokesman vowed to get Uber back... Read more
Associated Press reports.
Remember when the state bought an old CSX freight line through Cambridge and dumped some money into repairs and then announced, oopsies, it wasn't going to be running commuter trains to North Station over it after all? Cambridge Day does:
Despite being based only across the river in Boston, the administration doesnâ€™t seem to understand mass transit or Cambridge much at all.... Read more
Several hundred people, including Mayor Menino, attended an MBTA service cut/fare hike meeting at the BPL in Copley Square tonight. Michael Ratty snapped a photo of one of the people wondering where Gov. Patrick was.