This Week in State Politics: On TV and in D.C.

By Sarah Birnbaum

May 21, 2012

BOSTON — This week in Massachusetts state politics, Gov. Deval Patrick welcomes cable industry executives and celebrities to Boston, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray travels to the Pentagon and the state House and Senate debate spending and jobs.
On Monday, the governor delivers the opening remarks at a three-day television industry conference in Boston. About 12,000 people are expected to attend The Cable Show, according to organizers. It will feature sessions with late-night host Conan O’Brien, CNN’s John King, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and NBA commissioner David Stern.
Also Monday, the lieutenant governor heads to Washington, D.C., to meet with Pentagon officials. Murray is pushing to protect Massachusetts’ six military bases from possible Pentagon cutbacks or closures.
On May 23, the Senate begins debate on the state budget proposal for fiscal year 2013. The $32 billion spending plan would not increase any state taxes but calls for a $290 million withdrawal from the state’s so-called “rainy day” fund. The Senate proposal would also create a special state police unit to investigate welfare fraud.
The same day, the House takes up a wide-ranging jobs bill. The legislation would increase state funding for job training, local infrastructure improvements and matching grants for research and development projects at state universities.

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