Patrick to skip NGA summer meetings next week in Virginia

As governors from across the nation gather next weekend to discuss job growth, lowering Medicaid costs, and serving the nation’s veterans, Governor ­Deval Patrick will not be among them.

Patrick does not plan to attend the National Governors Association’s annual meeting in Williamsburg, Va., according to a spokeswoman.

Patrick, who attended the association’s winter meetings in February, is staying in Massachusetts while the Legislature tries to wrap up work on important bills.


“As the end of the legislative session draws near, the governor will not be attending the upcoming NGA summer meeting,” deputy press secretary Chelsie Ouellette said.

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Patrick has attended some but not all of the governors’ association meetings in the past, she added.

The governors’ association will meet from July 13-15.

A member of the association’s executive committee and education and workforce committee, Patrick hosted the group’s summer meeting in Boston in 2010.

The governors meet a few times a year to discuss issues facing the states.


The association also attempts to speak in a “collective voice on national policy,” according to a press release from the group announcing the upcoming meeting.

When the conference kicks off, Governor Dave Heineman of Nebraska, a Republican and the current chairman of the association, will talk about his initiative aimed at improving state economies.

Patrick is reviewing a $32.5 billion state budget for the fiscal year that began last Sunday and is awaiting major bills from the Legislature dealing with health care cost control, transportation financing, foreclosure prevention, crime and sentencing law reforms, and accountability and transparency measures.

Patrick is also negotiating a revenue-sharing compact with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe for a possible resort casino in Taunton.

If the compact is not ­approved by the Legislature by July 31, the state gaming commission is authorized to seek commercial bids for the Southeastern Massachusetts casino license.


While he was in the corner office, Mitt Romney withdrew the state from the Boston-based New England Governors Conference in 2005, citing high dues and saying it was easier to talk on the phone with his regional counterparts.

At the time, dues were $212,000 a year.

The former governor did not pull Massachusetts out of the ­National Governors Association, for which annual dues are currently $153,000, according to Patrick’s press office.