June 15, 2013

New England Dispatches

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They postponed until next week discussions about their differences over how to pay for the budget and whether to expand Medicaid to an estimated 58,000 poor adults under the federal health care overhaul law.

The House put discussion on all those topics on hold until Monday.

The Republican-led Senate rejected a 20-cent increase in the tobacco tax and delaying implementation of tax breaks for businesses. The Democratic-controlled House does not like a $50 million Senate-proposed cut in staff and benefits.

The House also proposes expanding Medicaid; the Senate wants to establish a commission to study the issue.


Cellucci's personal legacy recalled at funeral Mass

Former Gov. Argeo Paul Cellucci was remembered Friday for his kindness and the courage he showed facing the disease that ultimately took his life.

Hundreds of mourners filled a funeral Mass at St. Michael Parish Church in Hudson, where Cellucci grew up and lived his entire life. A contingent of state troopers carried Cellucci's coffin past attendees, including former governors Mitt Romney and William Weld and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

Cellucci died June 8 at age 65, about two and a half years after he disclosed he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

The Republican was praised at a Statehouse ceremony Thursday for his decency and willingness to work across the aisle in his heavily Democratic state. But on Friday, the Rev. Ronald Calhoun said the service in the church where Cellucci once served as an altar boy would focus on Cellucci's personal legacy.


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