DC stalemate causes worries in Mass. – Sales tax holiday almost settled – Tolman throws in hardhat – Gas tax unpopular

DEFICIT TALKS: The state (T&G), Mass. delegation (PI), local businesses (BBJ), and the public (Ledger) are getting pretty nervous about the shenanigans in D.C.

SO LET IT BE DONE: The state is nearing a decision to eliminate the sales tax for one weekend next month (AP). People are so stoked about it (Salem News), the Globe headline declares that it’s already passed.

ON THE TABLE: Guess what? The gas tax isn’t popular. (S&E)

HARDHAT IN THE RING: Sen. Steven Tolman wants to be your new Bob Haynes (Globe).

DEFICIT:
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – State risks big financial loss: www.telegram.com
Mass. delegation urges resolution of debt impasse from Political Intelligence: feeds.boston.com
Does public understand debt debate? – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger: www.patriotledger.com
Washington stalemate takes toll on Bay State businesses – Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com
Markey: GOP uses economic uncertainty for political benefit from Political Intelligence: feeds.boston.com

SALES TAX:
Sales tax holiday considered – AP: www.telegram.com
Aug. tax holiday has local support » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA : www.salemnews.com
Mass. sales tax will take a weekend off – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
State lurches toward sales tax holiday – Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com

LEGISLATURE:
Lawmaker joins race to lead state AFL-CIO – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com
Lawmakers Consider Proposals Banning The Use Of Skin Shock Therapy | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
Jack Fitzpatrick, former Red Lion Inn owner and state senator, has died at his home in the Berkshires | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
State Rep. Sponsors Healthcare Forum – Framingham, MA Patch: www.google.com

STATE NEWS:
Communities await state funds for road work – Sentinel & Enterprise : www.sentinelandenterprise.com
Gas-tax hike idea tanks with public – Sentinel & Enterprise : www.sentinelandenterprise.com
Patrick hits the road campaign-style – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Coakley launches probe into mortgage flaws – Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com
State’s Immigration Office Director Steps Down | AP: feeds.wbur.org

BROWN 2012:
BostonHerald.com – Blogs: The Daily Briefing» Blog Archive » U.S. Sen. Brown’s new “mad dog” : www.bostonherald.com
Brown picks Vermont GOP leader as campaign manager – AP: www.wickedlocal.com
Brown taps McCain veteran as campaign manager from Political Intelligence: feeds.boston.com

MITT MONITOR:
Romney picks up endorsement of former RI governor – AP: feeds.boston.com

BOSTON:
Bike-sharing start delayed till Thursday – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

TRANSPORTATION:
Big Dig tunnel lights to get supports | AP: www.wwlp.com
T chief responds to story on garage – CommonWealth Magazine: www.commonwealthmagazine.org

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – 45 percent of city voters classified ‘inactive’: www.telegram.com
Lantigua’s ‘Don’t sign anything’ campaign confuses some » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA : www.eagletribune.com
Chelmsford state legislators: Recall is in voters’ hands – Lowell Sun Online: www.lowellsun.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
Blue Mass Group | My email to Ed Markey: feedproxy.google.com
Keohan Joins King – Talking Politics : feedproxy.google.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
ME Law gives tax credits for investments | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com
CT Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Says 50–50 Chance For Unions To Agree On Savings And Concession Deal – Courant.com: www.courant.com
VT Entergy: VY will refuel this fall – Brattleboro Reformer : www.reformer.com
ME LePage calls Portland’s Serenity House ‘a model’ | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com

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