House passes budget plan – Reps debate EBT abuse – Frank rethinks HC reform – Hodgson unhappy

THREE DAYS: The House passed its budget last night, voting 150-4 at the stroke of midnight to approve the $32.4 billion plan. Among the things they didn’t pass, however, was an amendment that would have expanded the bottle bill to include water and sports drink bottles. But that’s all just fine in Concord, where they just voted to ban bottled water anyway.

LEARNING YOUR E.B.T.S: The most contentious part of the budget debate was the rumble over welfare abuse, which the Herald is all over.

DO NOT COLLECT: Sheriff Tom Hodgson is unhappy. REALLY unhappy that the House didn’t include his “charge inmates for their stay” plan.

HONEY BADGER (D-MA): Suffering from some serious senioritis, Barney Frank says that maybe that whole health care reform thing wasn’t actually the best idea after all.

Oh, and the Bruins lost.

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MITT MONITOR:

Gingrich Tells Romney He Will Back Him – Politics News Story – WCVB Boston

Fox News ‘mole’ who leaked off-air footage of Mitt Romney says he’s being charged with grand larceny – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com


DeLeo blasts ‘appalling’ fraud as EBT reform passes House (Photo: Dominick Reuter)

Patrick, Aquinnah clash over casino bid – Metro – The Boston Globe

Berkley selectmen address bridge plans, casino impact – Taunton, MA – The Taunton Gazette

Massachusetts Gaming Commission chairman defends timetable for licensing casino resorts | masslive.com

Aquinnah tribe, state clash over casino plan | CapeCodOnline.com

In Eastie, anti-casino rumblings – Opinion – The Boston Globe

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
Blue Mass Group | Budget Debate during the Good Old Days……..

Massachusetts Liberal: Unequal justice

Budget Politics | MassPoliticsProfs

DeLeo blasts ‘appalling’ fraud as EBT reform passes House – BostonHerald.com

The Daily Item: State House EBT showdown on deck

Tribe to provide detail Mass. casino proposal – AP

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
CT – Death Penalty: Without Fanfare, Malloy Signs Bill Abolishing Death Penalty – Courant.com

ME – LePage: No bond package till spending reined in | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

CT – Education reform: Malloy’s Staff Reviewing Education Reform Revisions – Courant.com

CT – Medical Marijuana Passed By Connecticut House Of Representatives – Courant.com

ME – Spending battle puts state bonding at risk | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

NH – House holds Senate bills as a ‘price’ | Concord Monitor

ME – LePage visiting businesses in Penobscot County today – AP

House rejects bottle bill | WWLP.com

Push for health care an error, Frank says – Nation – The Boston Globe

Sheriff assails legislators – The Sun Chronicle Online – News

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Mass. House adds money for seniors, mentally ill

Massachusetts House Passes Budget | WBUR

Concord votes to ban the sale of bottled water – My Fox Boston

Gov. Patrick tours firm’s energy efficient HQ in Westborough – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News

‘Ad’ gov to guilty list, Tim Cahill defense claims – BostonHerald.com

Boston pol considers recycling-on-go program – BostonHerald.com

U.S. students owe $1 trillion in loan debts | WWLP.com

Warren’s new ad counters earlier student-debt viewpoint – Metro – The Boston Globe

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