Deleo Opposes Local Aid Cuts

Massachusetts House Speaker Bob Deleo – the top Democrat in the House – says he will not back the governor’s plan to cut 25.5 million dollars in direct state aid to cities and towns.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick plans to reach beyond the executive branch for help in closing a projected $325 million budget gap before he leaves office and turns the reins of state government over to Republican Charlie Baker.

Vermont Governor’s Race Still Contentious

Vermont Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin’s narrow defeat last week of Republican Scott Milne means the state legislature will have the final say on the matter in January. The Vermont constitution requires lawmakers take a special vote — a secret ballot — if neither candidate gets more than 50 percent in the election.