Thursday Morning: House Budget Takes On Unions

Published April 14, 2011

After releasing the Mass. House’s budget plan for the 2012 fiscal year, House Speaker Robert DeLeo is taking on unions by proposing to strip public employees of most of their health care bargaining rights.

House leaders yesterday released their plan for the 2012 fiscal year — a $30 billion budget that’s mostly in line with the plan Gov. Deval Patrick released in January. House budget leaders say their plan cuts nearly $2 billion and spends $94 million less than Patrick’s budget.

Suffolk Downs is reportedly close to finalizing a deal with Caesars Entertainment — the gambling giant, not the former Roman emperor’s party planning committee — to run a $600 million gaming resort planned for the East Boston racetrack. The deal, of course, would hinge on legalized gambling in the state.

Transit police say they’ve arrested two teenagers for allegedly beating a bus driver and causing him to crash the bus into a building.

The Bruins face off against the hated Canadiens tonight in the first game of their playoff series. The game is at 7 p.m. on NESN; we’ll have a series preview up later today.

What we’re following: We’ll continue to report on the Mass. congressmen slated to vote against the budget deal in Washington, the bus crash investigation and a hearing on state Constitutional amendments on Beacon Hill. Radio Boston will explore the debate over a new Whole Foods in Jamaica Plain.