Budget rumbles on – DiMasi trial looms – Lantigua still imploding – Amendments raise ire

And to think, it’s only Tuesday.

The House budget train continues to steam ahead on day two, picking up and discarding amendments along the way. ( WBUR, AP) Yesterday saw the defeat of a GOP-backed proposal to lower the income tax (Sun). A dvocates (Masslive) are piping up (Globe) over funding and reform plans and we haven’t even scraped the surface of the looming muni-health debate.

Environmental advocates take aim at Rep. John Keenan for budget amendments they say are back-door attempts to keep a North Shore coal power plant open. (Salem News)

A tantalizing distraction from the fiscal sausage-making, the corruption trial of former Speaker Sal DiMasi, is finally gearing up. ( AP, WBUR)

And what would a busy news week be without a complete sideshow to distract from the distraction? Thankfully, we have Lawrence mayor William Lantigua ( Eagle Trib.), who continues to implode ( Eagle Trib.) this morning. The Governor is keeping quiet on this one (Globe). MORE: Herald, Globe

BUDGET:
Debate on Mass. budget begins in House – AP:
Mass. House To Launch Second Day Of Budget Debate | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
Income-tax rollback vote fails – Lowell Sun Online: www.lowellsun.com
State university students lobby Legislature for funding – Boston.com:
Lawyers assail legislators’ plan – MassLive.com:

DiMASI:
Trial Set To Begin For Ex-Mass. House Speaker | AP:
Explosive DiMasi Corruption Trial Set To Begin | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org

LANTIGUA:
Governor, overseer mum on Lantigua investigation » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA : www.eagletribune.com
Lantigua recall papers to be filed this week, group leader says » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA : www.eagletribune.com
Mayor denies targeting licensing chief for removal » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA : www.eagletribune.com
Lawrence mayor dismisses federal probe as blog gossip – BostonHerald.com:
Governor Patrick quiet about Lantigua – The Boston Globe:
Lantigua endorsee a suspect in assault – The Boston Globe:

LEGISLATURE:
2 Massachusetts lawmakers call on state to shut down sex education website | AP: www.masslive.com
Keenan blasted over power plant » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA : www.salemnews.com
Local reps want governor to stop funding sex-ed site – Lowell Sun Online: www.lowellsun.com
Spilka In Finland | Worcester Business Journal: www.wbjournal.com
Lawmakers aim to shut down site – Sentinel & Enterprise: www.sentinelandenterprise.com
Lawmaker: drug test welfare recipients | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

STATE NEWS:
Pew Pension Survey: A Fiscal Wake-Up Call for the States | Swampland:
State eyes sales of shellfish at local farmers markets – AP: itemlive.com
Family key to Lenks rise – The Boston Globe:
Coakley seeks records from lottery, treasury – The Boston Globe:
Heat with oil? New state law may cost you – The Sun Chronicle On line – News: www.thesunchronicle.com
Judge rejects Globe’s records injunction – CommonWealth Magazine: www.commonwealthmagazine.org

LOCAL HEADLINES:
The battle for Bridgewater: How did this happen? – Raynham, MA – Raynham Call:
Franklin to receive state recycling grant – Milford, MA – The Milford Daily News: www.milforddailynews.com
Marshfield keeps ban on coin-operated video games – – WickedLocal.com:
Amherst officials support restoring spending in anticipation of smaller state aid cuts | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

HEALTH CARE:
Briefing: Commonwealth Care Savings | Worcester Business Journal: www.wbjournal.com
Rep. James Cantwell of Marshfield says Blue Cross ‘bullying’ cities, towns – Brockton, MA – The Enterprise: www.enterprisenews.com

THE FEDS:
Change of venue sought in theft of congressmanâs car – Brockton, MA – The Enterprise: www.enterprisenews.com
Democrats scramble to find challenger to Republican Sen. Scott Brown | AP: www.masslive.comhttp://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/04/26/governor_patrick_quiet_about_lantigua/?rss_id=Boston.com+–+Local+news

MITT MONITOR:
Romney learns even op-eds not safe – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com:

TRANSPORTATION:
MBTA puts North Station garage on the block | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com
A smarter way for commuters – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
Blue Mass Group to Newton: Boo frickin hoo find yourself another mayor | Mass Politics Blog: blogs.wickedlocal.com
The Download: The birtherism of a nation: www.commonwealthmagazine.org
Red Mass Group:: Gov. Patrick un-friends Mayor Lantigua : www.redmassgroup.com
Red Mass Group:: Thank You Barbara Anderson : www.redmassgroup.com
Red Mass Group:: Coakley moving forward with Cahill investigation : www.redmassgroup.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
RI WHDH-TV – High-ranking RI lawmaker faces Conn. drug charge: www1.whdh.com
R.I. House Minority Leader Watson, R-East Greenwich, charged with DUI | Politics | projo.com | The Providence Journal : www.projo.com
ME Bill calls for citizenship proof for welfare | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com
CT State Seeks To Enter Controversial World Of Internet Taxation – Courant.com: www.courant.com
VT Vermont Senate advances health care bill – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com

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