This Week in State Politics: Transit and Catherine Greig

By Sarah Birnbaum

June 11, 2012

BOSTON — On Monday, hundreds of municipal officials, state officials, business leaders and advocates are expected to rally at Boston's South Station for a solution to Massachusetts' transportation funding crisis. Transportation agencies are carrying big debt loads and struggling to fund operations, maintenance or construction projects.
The longtime girlfriend of notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger appears in federal court June 12 for a sentencing hearing. Catherine Grieg pleaded guilty in March to helping hide Bulger for the 16 years they were on the run. She faces up to 15 years in prison.
The following day, the House of Representatives takes up a bill to give the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority a limited, one-time bailout with state funds. The cash-strapped agency is requesting $51 million to help avoid massive fare hikes and service cuts on the T next year.
And on June 14, Gov. Deval Patrick travels to Washington, D.C., to speak at the liberal think tanks the Center for American Progress and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. From there, he heads to Des Moines, Iowa, to deliver the keynote speech at the Iowa Democratic Party's 13th annual Hall of Fame celebration.

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