Gov signs $30.6B budget – Brown backs federal anti-corruption bill – Patrick confident in Transpo chief Mullan

BUDGET: Gov. Patrick signed a $30.6 billion budget yesterday. (T&G, WBUR, Republican) He laments some of the cuts, says WWLP, but is pretty happy about the $2.5 million for higher education (BBJ). Lawmakers in both chambers are satisfied with the limited vetos the governor enacted (Sun Chron.)

MASSD’OH: After this past weekend’s highway tunnel maybe-cover-up story, Patrick still has Transportation chief Jeffrey Mullan’s back (Globe).

TODAY IN CORRUPTION: In what can only be seen as a direct insult to the proud traditions of his former colleagues back home, U.S. Senator Scott Brown is backing a bill that would strip federal pensions from former members of Congress if they’ve convicted of corruption (AP). Remember Merrimack-area Special Education pioneer John Barranco from a few weeks ago? Yeah, he’s still getting his $157k pension (S&E).

BUDGET:
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Gov. signs $30.6 billion budget bill: www.telegram.com
Patrick Signs New State Budget | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
Patrick signs budget, laments some cuts | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signs $30.6 billion state budget | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
Patrick creates $2.5m higher ed fund | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com
Lawmakers happy with state budget – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Moore reports increased state aid for Auburn: www.telegram.com

TRANSPORTATION:
Patrick backs transportation chief, but wants answers – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Cash-strapped MBTA aims to sell station naming rights | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – MBTA fights deficit with naming rights: www.telegram.com

THE FEDS:
Rep. Frank Concerned About Mortgage Rule Attack – Banker & Tradesman: www.bankerandtradesman.com
Sen. Brown backing tougher federal pension bill – AP: feeds.boston.com
Brown expands anti-corruption push from Political Intelligence: feeds.boston.com
Rep. Lynch testifies on Mass. redistricting – AP: feeds.boston.com

TODAY IN CORRUPTION:
Embattled education head still being paid – Sentinel & Enterprise : www.sentinelandenterprise.com

2012:
Warren offers Brown town hall meeting challenge from Political Intelligence: feeds.boston.com

MITT MONITOR:
Three N.H. DAs to back Romney for president from Political Intelligence: feeds.boston.com

ENERGY:
Evergreen Solar reports 60% revenue drop in Q1 | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com
Bowles lands new job with Albright’s firm from Political Intelligence: feeds.boston.com

HEALTH CARE:
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Health savings allow schools to avoid layoffs: www.telegram.com

MISC.
Ethics panel stiffed on fines – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com
Patrick aide labels GOP ‘transparently cynical’ from Political Intelligence: feeds.boston.com
Patrick Kennedy to wed this weekend | AP: www.wwlp.com
Immigration program tops concerns in Framingham – – WickedLocal.com: www.wickedlocal.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
I ♥ Menino – On Liberty blog – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Massachusetts Liberal: Leading by example: baystateliberal.blogspot.com
Keller @ Large: Patrick Administration Hopes You Missed Latest Big Dig News « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com
Tarr hits Patrick on prescription drugs – – WickedLocal.com: www.wickedlocal.com
Massachusetts limits unions’ bargaining power on health care – – WickedLocal.com: www.wickedlocal.com
Closed door democracy – Download: www.commonwealthmagazine.org

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
RI Political Scene: 22 candidates on R.I. governor’s list for judicial openings | Politics | projo.com | The Providence Journal : www.projo.com
CT Malloy Replaces Controversial Family Magistrate Oliveira – Courant.com: www.courant.com
ME Downeaster, truck collide in ‘fireball’ | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com
ME State halts land sales, voids warden deal | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : http://www.pres

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