Patrick to take the stand at DiMasi trial – Senate passes FY12 budget – Court reform headed to conference – Romney pre-announces announcement

PATRICK TAKES THE STAND: Gov. Patrick is set to testify today in the corruption trial of former House Speaker Sal DiMasi and his alleged co-conspirators (AP). The Herald has some advice for how the Guv should proceed, and the Globe has coverage of yesterday’s dustup over Leslie Kirwan’s testimony.

SENATE BUDGET: The State Senate passed an FY12 budget just before midnight last night.( AP) Some of the highlights:
– Limited bargaining rights for municipal employee health care. ( Globe)
– Public defender measure is passed ( AP)
– Rejection of GOP tax breaks ( Herald)
– Tougher escalator regulations ( AP)
– Bruce Tarr, superstar ( Globe)

SENATE BUDGET:
State Senate Passes Budget for Fiscal Year 2012 | AP: feeds.wbur.org
Massachusetts Senate limits bargaining rights to save on health costs – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Mass. Senate Minority Leader Bruce E. Tarr is never at a loss for words – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Public defender measure is passed – AP: feeds.boston.com
BostonHerald.com – Blogs: The Daily Briefing» Blog Archive » State senate shrugging off tax break amendments: www.bostonherald.com
Measure Would Toughen Mass. Regs On Escalators | AP: feeds.wbur.org

DiMASI:
Mass. Gov. set to testify in corruption trial – AP: feeds.boston.com
Expert: Gov. Deval Patrick should act like a statesman – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com
DiMasi targets witness testimony in corruption trail – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

STATE NEWS:
Gov, lawmakers at odds on probation | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com
Massachusetts recovery leaves out many – BostonHerald.com: news.google.com
Massachusetts consumer confidence down sharply | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com

THE FEDS:
Lawmaker wants to put Amtrak service up for bid – AP: feeds.boston.com
Rep. Frank helped partner land Fannie Mae job – AP: feeds.boston.com
Ex-Fannie executive defends Barney Frank – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com
House narrowly rejects McGovern plan for Afghan exit – AP: www.telegram.com
Kerry: China must step up as economic superpower – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

TRANSPORTATION:
State Street T stop has $68m new look – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
T fires 32 bus drivers for missing work – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

MITT MONITOR:
Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney expected to enter presidential race next week | AP: www.masslive.com
Romney to announce presidential bid next week in NH – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Romney returns to Iowa with a leaner organization – AP: feeds.boston.com

2012:
Gov. Deval Patrick: Scott Brown can be beaten in Senate race | AP: www.masslive.com

ENERGY:
Meetings set for offshore planning area | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com
NRC meeting to focus on Pilgrim plant safety | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com
Christie pulling NJ out of cap and trade – CommonWealth Magazine: www.commonwealthmagazine.org

EDUCATION:
Compensate Debate Could Follow New Teacher Evaluations | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Wrentham holds forums on tax hike – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
State Budget Cuts Hurt Independent Pharmacies – Courant.com: www.courant.com
R.I. gearing up for redistricting, done every 10 years | Politics | projo.com | The Providence Journal : www.projo.com
GOP lawmakers retreat from bid to abolish LURC | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com
Senate panel OKs Torresen as next Maine federal judge | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com
National task force tackles courts’ woes | Concord Monitor: www.concordmonitor.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
The Download: Mediscare: www.commonwealthmagazine.org
Red Mass Group:: US History amendment rejected in Senate Budget : www.redmassgroup.com
After Massachusetts legislature tackles budget, casino discussion may resume | masslive.com: blog.masslive.com
Blue Mass Group | Globe editorial page has gone off the rails: bluemassgroup.com
Blue Mass Group | The Herald headline and story are wrong: bluemassgroup.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
State Budget Cuts Hurt Independent Pharmacies – Courant.com: www.courant.com
R.I. gearing up for redistricting, done every 10 years | Politics | projo.com | The Providence Journal : www.projo.com
GOP lawmakers retreat from bid to abolish LURC | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com
Senate panel OKs Torresen as next Maine federal judge | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com
National task force tackles courts’ woes | Concord Monitor: www.concordmonitor.com

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