As a two-term Massachusetts governor, 2020 presidential applicant Deval Patrick fabricated his mark on the state.
The Democratic governor aloft the minimum wage, implemented bloom affliction ameliorate and aloft taxes. He oversaw the state’s affairs during a above recession, steered the accompaniment through tragedy afterwards the Boston Marathon bombings and asperous scandals apropos advocacy hiring at the Acquittal Administration and the abstruse abortion of the state’s Bloom Connector.
Here are some of the highs and lows of Patrick’s tenure.
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Nov. 7, 2006: Patrick is adopted with 55% of the vote afterwards a acrimonious attack adjoin Republican Kerry Healey and absolute Christy Mihos.
Patrick had never afore run for statewide office. He was apparent as an cipher candidate, who won the Democratic primary with 50% of the vote adjoin added politically affiliated Democrats, agent Chris Gabrieli and Attorney General Thomas Reilly.
Jan. 4, 2007: Patrick is affidavit in, acceptable Massachusetts’ aboriginal atramentous governor.
Gov. Deval Patrick gives his countdown abode at Springfield Symphony Hall in 2007. (The Republican book photo)
Jan. 19, 2007: Patrick signs on to the Bounded Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a bounded cap-and-trade arrangement that puts a amount on carbon to abate emissions from ability plants.
February 2007: Patrick is criticized for his use of the allowances of his office, such as application a accompaniment badge helicopter to biking about the state. He agreed to balance the accompaniment for advance his official car from a Ford Crown Victoria to a Cadillac DeVille. He was criticized for spending $27,000 on appointment appliance and drapes.
March 2007: Patrick scales aback his assignment agenda while his wife Diane Patrick is advised for depression.
June 16, 2018: Patrick signs a 10-year, $1 billion activity sciences bill, which has positioned Massachusetts as a civic baton in alluring companies in the field.
Aug. 4, 2008: Patrick signs a bill establishing an convention to accompany broadband internet to rural genitalia of the state. The broadband action would afterwards be overhauled by Gov. Charlie Baker amidst banking apropos about the activity and a altercation amidst the organizations alive on broadband.
2008: Patrick is affected to accomplish above cuts to the accompaniment account amidst signs of recession. The recession connected to worsen, arch to cuts in accompaniment casework and budgetary challenges for the accompaniment over several years.
Feb. 20, 2009: Patrick proposes a 19-cent access to the state’s 23.5-cent gas tax to advance the state’s busline arrangement and pay off debt from the Big Dig. His plan encountered able opposition, and the Legislature alone it.
Patrick did assurance a bill reforming the anatomy of the accompaniment busline system, eliminating the Turnpike Ascendancy and giving added centralized ascendancy to the Administration of Transportation.
June 30, 2009: Patrick signs an access in the accompaniment sales tax, from 5% to 6.25%, as allotment of the accompaniment budget.
July 2, 2009: Patrick signs a bill reforming accompaniment belief laws, banning giving ability to assembly and accretion penalties for bribery and actionable accompaniment lobbying laws. The bill was prompted by a alternation of political scandals, including the allegation of House Speaker Sal DiMasi on bribery charges. In 2011, Patrick would be declared as a attestant in DiMasi’s trial.
Jan. 18, 2010: Patrick signs a above apprenticeship ameliorate bill that expands allotment schools, gives admiral added ascendancy to analysis declining academy districts, and aims to abutting the accomplishment gap. The accomplishment gap charcoal a above botheration today, and policymakers abide to agitation the appulse of allotment schools.
William Burke, of Hatfield, above agent acquittal commissioner, leaves U.S. District Cloister in Boston in 2014. (Shira Schoenberg / The Republican book photo)
Aug. 5, 2010: Patrick signs a bill afterlight the hiring action in the cloister and acquittal systems afterward a alternation of belief in the Boston Globe about advocacy hiring.
Probation Abettor John O’Brien and two of his assembly were begin accusable in federal cloister in 2014 of active a chic hiring scheme. Their aesthetics were chaotic on abode two year later.
Aug. 6, 2010: Patrick signs a above Bent Offender Record Information (CORI) ameliorate law acceptance administering to access bent annal of job applicants over the internet, alleviation binding minimum sentencing laws for some biologic offenses and acid the time afore bent annal can be sealed. The bill additionally makes Massachusetts the added accompaniment to “ban the box,” barring administering from allurement about bent annal on job applications.
Nov. 2, 2010: Patrick wins reelection with 48% of the vote adjoin the Republican Baker and absolute Timothy Cahill.
The MGM Springfield bank acclaimed its aboriginal ceremony in August. (Don Treeger / The Republican book photo)
Nov. 22, 2011: Patrick signs a law legalizing three casinos in Massachusetts. Patrick aboriginal came out in favor of legalized bank in 2007, dispatch four years of accessible and aldermanic debate. The aboriginal casino, a slots parlor in Plainville, opened in June 2015.
Aug. 3, 2012: Patrick signs a sentencing overhaul, which includes a three-strikes law barring acquittal for three-time agitated felons.
Aug. 7, 2012: Patrick signs a bill focused on absolute bloom affliction costs. The bill was apparent as the abutting footfall in the accepted bloom affliction law active by Gov. Mitt Romney. It accustomed a accompaniment ambition for bloom affliction spending advance and created the Bloom Policy Commission, which holds providers and insurers answerable for affair that target.
While Massachusetts has fabricated some advance in authoritative bloom affliction costs back the law went into effect, aerial costs abide to be a problem. Assembly accept spent the aftermost two sessions because added means to lower bloom affliction costs.
Sonja Farak, left, stands during her allegation at Eastern Hampshire District Cloister in Belchertown in 2013. (Don Treeger / The Republican book photo)
Aug. 31, 2012: The state-run Hinton Biologic Lab in Boston was briefly shut bottomward afterwards it was appear that chemist Annie Dookhan biased the after-effects of tests of biologic samples. Dookhan pleaded accusable to analytical with affirmation and was bedevilled to bastille for three to bristles years. Tens of bags of biologic cases were dismissed.
A agnate aspersion would appear in 2013, back it was apparent that Amherst biologic lab chemist Sonja Farak blanket biologic samples to augment her addiction. She pleaded guilty, was bedevilled to 18 months in jail, and tens of bags of added biologic cases were dismissed.
Nov. 6, 2012: Massachusetts voters approve medical marijuana. Despite pleas by abeyant patients, the Patrick administering was clumsy to complete the licensing process, and the aboriginal medical marijuana berth did not accessible until June 2015, afterwards Patrick larboard office.
Jan. 17, 2013: Patrick calls for a backpack in the accompaniment assets tax, from 5.25% to 6.25%, while abbreviating the accompaniment sales tax, as allotment of a plan to backpack taxes by $1.9 billion to pay for apprenticeship and transportation. This led to a diffuse aldermanic agitation over taxes.
Lawmakers in July 2013 accustomed a bill, over Patrick’s veto, to accession the gas and cigarette taxes and appoint a tax on software services. Amidst an clamor over its adventitious consequences, Patrick active a abolition of the tax on software casework that September.
April 15, 2013: Patrick comforts accompaniment association afterwards a bombing at the Boston Marathon kills three bodies and injures hundreds more. Canicule later, Patrick issued a “shelter-in-place” adjustment in Boston, Cambridge and Watertown during the manhunt for adviser Dzokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev was bent and bedevilled to death. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev was dead in a firefight with police.
September 2013: The dematerialization — and ultimate afterlife — of Jeremiah Oliver, a adolescent boy beneath the administration of the Administration of Accouchement and Families, calls absorption to above failures at the administration tasked with befitting accessible accouchement safe, and prompts a alternation of investigations and reforms.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno speaks at an accident publicizing the Massachusetts Bloom Connector in October. (Courtesy of the Bloom Connector)
October 2013: Massachusetts launches the Bloom Connector, its belvedere area association buy bloom allowance beneath the Affordable Affliction Act. The Connector was a abstruse failure, abrogation association clumsy to enroll. The annihilate amount the accompaniment millions of dollars to fix, and association were assigned to MassHealth for the year back the accompaniment was clumsy to actuate what bloom allowance they were acceptable for.
June 27, 2014: Patrick signs a law adopting the accompaniment minimum allowance from $8 an hour to $11 an hour by 2017.
Aug. 7, 2014: Patrick signs a law acute insurers to awning up to 14 canicule of inpatient care, after preauthorization, for patients with actuality use disorder. This was the aboriginal of several bills assembly would ultimately canyon to abode the catching of opioid addiction.
Aug. 13, 2014: Patrick signs a gun assurance bill, giving badge chiefs added acumen in arising gun license, creating new accoutrements crimes, acute the accompaniment to address abstracts to a federal accomplishments analysis arrangement and acute schools to actualize assurance plans.
September 2014: Patrick all-overs up the administration of the Sex Offender Registry Board, citation criticism of the board’s performance. A accusation filed by approachable armchair Saundra Edwards declared that Patrick accursed her for her administration of a case involving Patrick’s brother-in-law Bernard Sigh, who pleaded accusable in a decades-old case to raping his wife. The Supreme Judicial Cloister ultimately absolved Edwards’ complaint.
Sept. 29, 2014: The Administration of Correction fires three admiral in acknowledgment to the afterlife of a man bedfast at Bridgewater Accompaniment Hospital. The admiral were afterwards approved for automatic manslaughter, acquitted and alternate to their jobs. But the case drew absorption to what advocates said was bare affliction for mentally ill inmates at the state’s psychiatric hospital for men who are civilly or criminally committed. The hospital was overhauled beneath Baker.
Jan. 7, 2015: Patrick takes the acceptable “lone walk” through the advanced doors and bottomward the Statehouse steps, axis the bend appointment over to Baker.
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