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).

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

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

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

Embattled education head still being paid – Sentinel & Enterprise :

Warren offers Brown town hall meeting challenge from Political Intelligence:

Three N.H. DAs to back Romney for president from Political Intelligence:

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

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – – Health savings allow schools to avoid layoffs:

Ethics panel stiffed on fines –
Patrick aide labels GOP ‘transparently cynical’ from Political Intelligence:
Patrick Kennedy to wed this weekend | AP:
Immigration program tops concerns in Framingham – –

I ♥ Menino – On Liberty blog –
Massachusetts Liberal: Leading by example:
Keller @ Large: Patrick Administration Hopes You Missed Latest Big Dig News « CBS Boston:
Tarr hits Patrick on prescription drugs – –
Massachusetts limits unions’ bargaining power on health care – –
Closed door democracy – Download:

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