Friday, December 7, 2012
There will be a minimal impact on town government, but school officials said they could see a cut of about $75,000 in reimbursements.
Town Manager Jeff Hull said he doesn’t expect a major impact locally after a recently announced upcoming cut to local aid. Wilmington Public Schools, however, may have to look for alternatives due to one of the cuts. On Tuesday, Gov. Deval Patrick announced actual state revenues were significantly lower than projections, resulting in a $540 million budget shortfall for Fiscal Year 2013. As a result, the governor announced he will be implementing $225 million in immediate budget cuts, some of which may impact Wilmington. “The reduction to the Special Education Circuit Breaker reimbursement will have an impact on the School Department,” said Director of Administration & Finance Paul Ruggiero. “Although we do not have any final figures as to …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Governor Deval Patrick chatted with Patch readers on Thursday afternoon, so be sure to catch up on what he had to say.
The governor will take your questions Thursday at 1:30 p.m..
Governor Deval Patrick will answer your questions during our live chat at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. 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, September 25, 2012
Governor Deval Patrick speaks with Patch readers live at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. What questions do you want him to answer?
If you could ask Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick one question, what would it be? Patrick will join Patch Thursday at 1:30 p.m. for a live chat with readers. Now's your chance to ask the executive of the commonwealth your question about casinos, the JP crime lab, the economy, elections or whatever else you want to know. Can't make it to the live chat? Leave your questions for Patrick in the comments to have them considered for the live Q&A session. We'll be sure to ask about the most popular topics when we chat Thursday. To join our chat, head on over to our homepage from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Thursday.
Ask Governor Deval Patrick about any topic you like during our live chat at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Governor Deval Patrick will take your questions live on Patch this Thursday. The governor will spend 45 minutes fielding your questions as they come. Head on over to the Wilmington Patch homepage from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Thursday to join our chat. You'll simply have to provide your name, and you'll be able to ask your questions immediately. If you can't make the live chat, leave your questions as comments to this article, and we'll do our best to add them to the queue. We will publish the live chat transcript immediately and a recap first thing on Friday morning. Questions submitted will be subject to moderator approval. No vulgar or libelous comments will be allowed. Because we expect a high volume of questions for the chat …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled in the 9 p.m. hour as the DNC gets underway.
The Democratic National Convention will have a Massachusetts feel tonight as Gov. Deval Patrick and Congressional candidate Joe Kennedy III are scheduled to speak before the convention. Kennedy is scheduled to speak during the 7 p.m. hour after a Kennedy family tribute video. Two hours later, Patrick is slated to finish the 9 p.m. hour. The night will also include a number of prominent speakers, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Director Kathleen Sibelius before concluding with a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama. The Wall Street Journal published a full schedule of speakers.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Killing of Woburn Police Officer Jack Maguire helped gain support for Melissa's Bill, which limits parole eligibility for convicted violent repeat offenders.
Updated at 6:01 p.m.: Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr weighed in on Gov. Patrick's decision to support Melissa's Bill on Tuesday afternoon. “Signing the habitual offender bill into law has always been the right thing to do, and I’m glad to hear that the governor will, at long last, take that action. Persistence and dedication among those who have remained committed to public safety in our Commonwealth have brought us to an important point in the challenging life of this legislation, and I look forward to the governor’s signature on it as soon as possible. The signing of this bill means that the deaths of Melissa Gosule and Officer Jack Maguire did not go unrecognized, and that we have taken action to prevent these kinds of tragedies …
After Tuesday, the House and Senate will not have an opportunity to override any veto.
Although the legislative session ends Tuesday at midnight, Gov. Deval Patrick has 10 days to sign any bills that land on his desk. But anything he vetoes cannot be overridden since the Legislature will have adjourned. Perhaps the most-watched bill in this scenario is the mandatory sentencing bill, also called the "three-strikes" law or "Melissa's Bill," over which the governor and Legislature have locked horns. The bill eliminates parole for someone convicted three times of one of 40 or so violent crimes, with at least one conviction having carried a minimum three-year prison term. There is a Wilmington connection to the bill, as it gained steam following the death of Wilmington resident and Woburn Police Officer Jack Maguire, who was …
Friday, May 20, 2011
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