|3. House still says Bottle Bill a tax
House leadership is doing it's best to impersonate Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberst, insisting that the bottle bill is a tax. The State House News Service is reporting.
"We view it as a tax in the House and the speaker and the House have been clear with their opposition to increases in taxes," Rep. Joseph Wagner, who was appointed on Tuesday as his branch's lead negotiator on the economic development bill, told the News Service early Tuesday afternoon.
In light of the House's position on the bottle bill, Wagner, who helped write the House proposal and co-chairs the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, went further to suggest that the bottle-bill expansion probably does not belong in bill intended to spur economic growth.
Wagner, along with Reps. Brian Dempsey and Kevin Kuros, were named as House negotiators on the jobs bill Tuesday morning, while the Senate late Tuesday named Sens. Gale Candaras, Stephen Brewer and Richard Ross to begin talks in the final week of formal sessions.
4. Beware tourists on bicycles
If the thought of oblivious tourists walking on the streets of Boston while you are trying to get from appointment to appointment isn't enough to set you over the edge, the Mayor wants to make you fell better. He will do so by adding 400 touristy rental bicycles to the streets of Boston.
5. It's eat a Chick-Fil-A day
Today is national eat Chick-Fil-A day. If you want to make a stand for the free speech rights of business owners. Head out to the Burlington Mall and purchase a moist chicken sandwich.