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January 24, 2013

Coakley plans to host energy summit

BOSTON — Attorney General Martha Coakley yesterday announced plans to host an energy summit in the spring, bringing together public and private stakeholders to tackle the issue of energy costs and the negative impact they have on the state’s economy.

“If we’re successful what it means for Massachusetts is that you, businesses in Massachusetts, will have more money to invest and create jobs. It means you will have a better chance to compete with businesses across the country and it means that our state economy will grow for everybody,” Coakley said during a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Coakley painted energy cost control, which lawmakers tried to address in a law approved last session, as the next frontier for state policymakers to confront after focusing the past several years on how to control the growth of health care costs. In a roughly 15-minute speech, Coakley did not touch upon politics, but after reiterated to reporters that even with Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray out of the race she has no plans to run for governor in 2014.

“I’m saying I’m running for re-election in 2014,” Coakley said, when asked if she was closing the door on a gubernatorial campaign.

Coakley also said no decision has been made on how to proceed with the state’s case against former Treasurer Tim Cahill, and said Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua would have to pay the $5,000 fine he owes for late-filing his 2011 campaign finance report before she considers dropping the lawsuit against him.

Coakley said prosecutors and Cahill’s attorneys continue to discuss potential resolutions short of retrial. And after her lawsuit against Lantigua prompted the filing of a 2011 campaign finance report more than a year overdue, Coakley said it must first be reviewed for completeness and he must pay the fine to the state.

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