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Deval Patrick on the Issues

Deval Patrick on Abortion

  • Decisions on abortion should be made by women. (Jan 2006)
  • Support for stem cell research. (Sep 2005)

Deval Patrick on Budget & Economy

  • We're broke, not poor: recession is temporary. (Jan 2009)
  • $1.1 in cuts in services this year, including many layoffs. (Jan 2009)
  • Focus on stimulating economic growth via local aid. (Sep 2006)
  • Focus on selling Massachusetts. (Sep 2005)

Deval Patrick on Civil Rights

  • Supports equal marriage rights for gays. (Jan 2006)
  • Former civil rights prosecutor under President Clinton. (Jan 2006)
  • Close the racial and ethnic gap in health. (Sep 2005)
  • Crafted ďmend it, donít end itĒ for affirmative action. (Jan 1997)

Deval Patrick on Corporations

  • Local capital for local biz, & state pays for infrastructure. (Sep 2006)
  • Regulation at the speed of business. (Sep 2005)
  • Access to start-up capital for small businesses. (Sep 2005)
  • Focused on fair lending practices in Clinton Admin. (Jan 1997)

Deval Patrick on Crime

  • Misuse of CORI system prevents getting back on their feet. (Jan 2009)
  • Supports criminal rehabilitation and alternative sentencing. (Nov 2006)
  • Focus on guns & gang violence, not immigration status. (Sep 2006)
  • Opposes death penalty. (Jun 2006)

Deval Patrick on Drugs

No stance on record.

Deval Patrick on Education

  • Favors MCAS, but not as only measure of education reform. (Sep 2006)
  • Incentives & merit pay on school-wide basis only. (Sep 2006)
  • Veto moratorium, but cap charters until funding is reformed. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports unionized Horace Mann charter over regular charters. (Jun 2006)
  • Supports MCAS but would add a science test and other tests. (Jun 2006)
  • Cap charter schools until funding formulas improved. (Apr 2006)
  • Expand early education opportunities. (Sep 2005)
  • Extend the school day, and explore extending the school year. (Sep 2005)
  • Reduce class sizes; offer more after-school programs. (Sep 2005)
  • Supports charter schools. (Sep 2005)
  • Improve assessment tools including MCAS and beyond. (Sep 2005)
  • Reinvest in public higher education. (Sep 2005)

Deval Patrick on Energy & Oil

  • Make Massachusetts a global center for alternative energy. (Sep 2006)
  • Cut Energy costs and develop renewable energy. (Sep 2005)
  • Support renewable energy like Cape Wind. (Sep 2005)
  • Tax credits for energy efficient cars. (Sep 2005)
  • Foster alternative energy businesses. (Sep 2005)
  • Convert state fleet to hybrids and fuel-efficient cars. (Sep 2005)

Deval Patrick on Environment

  • Engage in DC regulatory fight to protect our fishing fleet. (Sep 2006)
  • Actively protect water and wetlands. (Sep 2005)
  • Focus on environmental justice in poor communities. (Sep 2005)
  • Invest in public transportation & smart growth. (Sep 2005)

Deval Patrick on Families & Children

No stance on record.

Deval Patrick on Foreign Policy

No stance on record.

Deval Patrick on Free Trade

No stance on record.

Deval Patrick on Government Reform

  • Limit campaign donations. (Nov 2006)

Deval Patrick on Gun Control

  • Strengthen existing gun laws; require background checks. (Nov 2006)

Deval Patrick on Health Care

  • 98% of all Massachusetts citizens now have health insurance. (Jan 2009)
  • Pursue cost-savings ideas within new health reform mandate. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports employer uninsured healthcare assessment, plus more. (Jun 2006)
  • Supports Health Access and Affordability Act. (Sep 2005)
  • Finance catastrophic health coverage. (Sep 2005)
  • Negotiate bulk drug purchases under governorís authority. (Sep 2005)
  • Invest in prevention. (Sep 2005)
  • Focus on prevention and wellness programs. (Sep 2005)

Deval Patrick on Homeland Security

No stance on record.

Deval Patrick on Immigration

  • In-state tuition ok for illegals; focus on employers. (Sep 2006)
  • Drivers licenses for illegals, for security and safety. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants. (Nov 2005)

Deval Patrick on Jobs

  • Pledge to work with AFL-CIO means being open to all voices. (Sep 2006)
  • Increase the minimum wage. (Sep 2005)

Deval Patrick on Local Issues

    Big Dig

  • Governor should take responsibility and get Big Dig reform. (Sep 2006)
  • Big Dig cost overruns are why people question taxes. (Sep 2006)

Deval Patrick on Principles & Values

  • Running to reach out to all & create a stake in the future. (Sep 2006)
  • Do we stay on this path, or do we make a change? (Sep 2006)
  • Outsider governor balances entrenched establishment. (Sep 2006)
  • Brings leadership and grassroots power to Beacon Hill. (Sep 2006)
  • Patrick wins first test at caucuses, by 2-1 margin. (Feb 2006)
  • Galvin withdraws; itís head-to-head against Tom Reilly. (Dec 2005)

Deval Patrick on Social Security

No stance on record.

Deval Patrick on Tax Reform

  • Let municipalities raise property, meals, and lodging taxes. (Jan 2009)
  • Cut property tax; expand circuit breaker & senior exemption. (Sep 2006)
  • Tax rollback is shell game, shifting burden to property tax. (Sep 2006)
  • Cut the property tax, not the income tax. (Sep 2006)
  • Restore local aid so towns can cut property taxes. (Jun 2006)
  • Supports local meals tax and local-option taxes. (Jun 2006)
  • Opposes tax rollback because it would raise property taxes. (May 2006)
  • Allow cities to raise local meals tax-trust local officials. (Jan 2006)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)

Deval Patrick on War & Peace

No stance on record.

Deval Patrick on Welfare & Poverty

  • Increase funding for employment and job training programs. (Nov 2006)
  • Promote more multi-family housing starts. (Sep 2005)