Sorry for the sporadic updates. The five things will be back every day starting now.
1. Cahill Jury gets case
The Tim Cahill trial is at the end game. The jury has the trial after closing arguments. If you’ve followed the trial you know that Cahill had a tough time on the trial stand under cross examination.
2. Deval Patrick seeks power to cut local aid
Deval Patrick has said that he will cut $225M in state spending to help balance an “unforseen” state shortfall. In addition Patrick has asked for the power to unilaterally cut local aid by up to 1% for cities and towns. That would be another $9M. The cut in local aid needs approval from the legislature however.
As part of a plan to address an estimated $540 million mid-year budget gap, Gov. Deval Patrick on Tuesday slashed spending by $225 million and asked the Legislature to allow him to unilaterally reduce unrestricted local aid to cities and towns by 1 percent.
Unrestricted local aid pays for local services, such as public safety budgets, and is delivered separately from state aid to fund local education spending, which is not targeted for cuts under Patrick’s plan.
Of course there were a few people like Jim Lyons (R-Andover), Paul Adams (R-Andover), and Steven Levy (R-Marlborough) who would have told you this was inevitable with a budget based on fantasies, but they were widely ridiculed for it by the establishment.
3. Warren Gets Banking Commitee Slot
Our Sub-prime banking governor helped elect another ally for his former industry to the Senate. Now she is being appointed to the Banking Commission. Almost immediately after Deval Patrick called her, “my good friend,” this summer Warren stopped saying the financial crisis happened one bad mortgage at a time. Will she finally throw off the yoke of Deval Patrick and call for his, and his cronies, prosecution? I wouldn’t hold your breath.
4. Departing Reps say goodbye
Departing State Representatives got the chance for farewell speeches today. RMG will create videos of the GOPers and put them up.
5. Jim Lyons on Fox and Friends
Jim Lyons was on Fox and Friends yesterday morning to discuss in state tuition for non-legal residents. Today he, along with Marc Lombardo, Keiko Orrall, and Shauna O’Connell, filed legislation to rescind the governor’s executive order.