Gov wants health bill fast – fed shutdown looms – Brown’s in the money

HEALTH CARE: Gov. Patrick wants his health bill to get through the legislature ( CW) and he wants it pronto. ( Lowell Sun, Globe, Gov Monitor)

THE FEDS: As a federal government shutdown comes closer to reality, the Lowell Sun reports how it could pan out locally.

SCOTTO: Scott Brown’s got the money ( Herald), and another potential camp molestation victim comes forward ( Globe).

THE FEDS:
Federal shutdown will cause local pain – Lowell Sun Online
Another man says he was molested after Brown disclosure – Globe
Scott Brown boasts $8M war chest – BostonHerald.com

HEALTH CARE:
Patrick: Lower health-care premiums ‘will be done’ – Lowell Sun Online
Patrick wants health bill faster – CommonWealth Magazine
Patrick urges swift action to curb medical costs – White Coat Notes – Boston.com
Governor Patrick Outlines Next Phase Of Health Care Reform In Massachusetts | Gov Monitor

LEGISLATURE:
Mass. considers online sales tax – AP
Religious leaders revive bid to pass transgender bill – The Boston Globe
Lawmakers mull new rules for personal watercraft | CapeCodOnline.com

EDUCATION:
School district petitions legislature to opt out of common education standards | Greeley Gazette

STATE HEADLINES:
Massachusetts DEP hearing on proposed Springfield biomass plant spurs cheers, jeers | masslive.com
BNY Mellon moving RI jobs to Westboro – T&G
Mass. Democrats dislike strategy of moving primary date – The Boston Globe
Immigrant advocates to hold Mass. Statehouse rally – Boston.com

REDISTRICTING:
Redistricting opportunities for minorities – CommonWealth Magazine

TRANSPORTATION:
Governor aims to rein in auxiliary transit costs – The Boston Globe
BAT hikes bus fares, adds Charlie Card – Enterprise

GAMBLING:
Casino talks off the table – MassLive.com

SJC:
Cipollini: Patrick’s SJC nominee another ‘catering’ attempt – Fall River, MA – The Herald News

LOCAL NEWS:
Meade: Boston In ‘a Much Better Shape Than Most Cities’ | WBUR
City manager says layoffs likely – T&G
Evangelidis campaign event slated – T&G

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AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
NH Right-to-work reaches Senate | Concord Monitor
RI House bill would provide some rights for gay couples | Politics | projo.com | The Providence Journal
CT Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Backs Off From Support Of SustiNet Health Reform Bill; Advocates Fear It’s Too Late To Rework The Legislation. – Courant.com
ME Saco lawmaker pitches one-house Legislature | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

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