The Massachusetts legislature is preparing its $1 billion life science bill that is supposed to reignite the state's biotech sector, but the bill is now laden with earmarks, reports the Boston Globe. Those include $49.5 million for a science center at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, a school without a science graduate program; $12.6 million for a highway; and $12.9 million for a sewage treatment plant. Keith Robison says that Governor Deval Patrick is to blame for the mess this bill has become. "Everyone feels that anyone closer to Boston is getting a better deal than they are. So a biotech bill likely to favor the apparently favored was going to have a hard time without a bit of bacon fat to grease the skids."
Ah, the Smell of Frying Bacon
May 21, 2008