Budget story grab bag – Patrick and Romney on Mass. HC – Caesars to Suffolk?

BUDGET BONANZA: House Ways and Means chairman Brian Dempsey’s budget proposal was released yesterday. Here is a rundown of the top budget stories from the local press:
DeLeos budget would curb labor – The Boston Globe
Union leaders blast House plan for health-insurance changes – Lowell Sun Online
DeLeo: Budget full of tough decisions – BostonHerald.com:
House Budget Plan Includes Nearly $2B Of Cuts, Savings | WBUR
Local Official: Budget Will Help Control Community Health Care Costs | WBUR
Dempsey tweaks Patrick proposals – CommonWealth Magazine
House leaders seek to strip health-plan bargaining rights from unions | masslive.com
Public employee unions balk at Massachusetts House plan to strip health-plan bargaining rights | masslive.com
House releases $30B spending plan – Worcester Telegram & Gazett
House aims at health plans – Worcester Telegram & Gazett
State aid cut looms – The Sun Chronicle Online – News
Mass. looks to cut public defender program costs – AP

GUVS TALK HC: Gov. Deval Patrick (Globe) and former Gov. Mitt Romney seems to have different takes (TPM) on the five-year-old health care reform bill Romney signed.

RENDER UNTO SPEAKER: Will Caesar’s Palace (BBJ) open at Suffolk Downs if casino gambling becomes reality? (Herald)

HEALTH CARE:
Patrick: ‘health care reform is doing exactly what it was designed to do’: feeds.boston.com
Mass looks to hold down costs on subsidized care – AP: www.boston.com
Limits to save $80m on health plan – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

GAMBLING:
Will Caesars mean salad days for Suffolk? | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com
Lawmakers slow to roll the dice on gambling – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com

STATE NEWS:
State mulls long-term rail contracts | Boston Business Journal: www.bizjournals.com
Pensions put Massport bigs on easy street – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com
Mihos sued for overdue campaign fine | AP: www.capecodonline.com

THE FEDS:
Tierney will vote against cuts plan » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA : www.salemnews.com
Tsongas bill aims to help victims of sex assault in military – Lowell Sun Online: www.lowellsun.com

LEGISLATURE:
Lowell teens visit Statehouse to push lower voting age – Lowell Sun Online: www.lowellsun.com
Mass. lawmakers weigh constitutional amendments | AP: www.masslive.com

MITT MONITOR:
Romney: Massachusetts Health Care ‘Wasn’t Perfect’ — But ‘Let States Experiment’ (VIDEO) | TPMDC: tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com
Romney says Obama deficit plan ‘too little’ – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Medford developing plan to improve parks, playgrounds – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Pilgrim plant evacuation area under scrutiny | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
The Download: Reform before revenue resurrected: www.commonwealthmagazine.org
Obama With Deval’s Playbook – Talking Politics : feedproxy.google.com
Massachusetts Liberal: A shot across the bow: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
CT Malloy: Governor Expected To Change Tax-Hike Proposals To Hit Wealthy Harder – Courant.com: www.courant.com
RI Chief: Health flaws already found | Concord Monitor: www.concordmonitor.com
VT Vermont House passes environmental enforcement bill – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com
NH GOP candidates descend on NH | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com

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