Mass. Gov. responds to House budget overrides

By News Staff


BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick expressed disappointment in the state House of Representatives recent rejection of budget amendments concerning welfare restrictions and immigrant vehicle registration.
Patrick told reporters Thursday that while he shares the concerns of House Speaker Robert DeLeo when it comes to protecting the integrity of the state's welfare system, his proposal would have created a practical way to combat fraud. He said he was also concerned with some of the “demeaning” comments made during the Legislature's debate.
The House struck down the proposal Wednesday, along with an amendment that would require anyone seeking to register a car in Massachusetts to provide proof of state residency.
Patrick defended his amendment, saying it would not go against public safety.
The Senate is expected to take-up the proposals Thursday.