This Week in State Politics: Biotech and Bailout

By Sarah Birnbaum

June 18, 2012

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — International Leaders in the life sciences will be in Boston the week of June 18 for the BIO International Convention. More than 15,000 people are expected to attend from 65 countries. Gov. Deval Patrick and top lawmakers are expected to announce new research collaborations with Finland, Spain, Northern Ireland, Israel, Denmark and Sweden.
The Massachusetts Senate is likely to consider a bailout for the cash-strapped Boston transit system. On June 13, the House approved the measure that would transfer $51 million in state funds to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
Union members have planned a June 19 Beacon Hill rally to protest the ongoing worker lockout at the Pilgrim nuclear power plant. Senate President Therese Murray, Treasurer Steve Grossman and AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman are expected to attend. Murray said the Entergy Corporation and the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission have ignored safety concerns at the plant. The NRC has repeatedly said Pilgrim is safe.
And on June 20, the Massachusetts House takes up a $1.6 billion bond bill designed to help keep the state’s roads and bridges in good repair. The bill includes $200 million in funds for cities and towns that can be used for local roadway projects.

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