So many of you probably know about Deval Patrick's initiative to spend $1 billion over the next 10 years to spur biotech development in Mass. Well, here's an article from the globe detailing how that money is already being spent by the mass legislature rather than by a scientific advisory council, as was originally intended. http://www.boston.com/news/local/ma...5/20/backers_cry_foul_on_science_legislation/ Here's my favorite: "The governor's initial proposal sought to empower a panel of industry specialists and academic leaders to decide how to spend $1 billion over 10 years in several targeted areas, much like a similar program in California. But lawmakers in the Senate and House decided how and where to dole out large portions of the $1 billion that would be spent in the bill, which could emerge from a conference committee as early as this week, earmarking hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for specific projects, even giving names to individual buildings and grants. House lawmakers earmarked $49.5 million to build a science center at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, though the school currently has no science graduate programs. The college is, however, the alma mater of Representative Daniel E. Bosley, a North Adams Democrat who wrote the House legislation and has frequently joked at press conferences and legislative hearings that "spending $1 billion doesn't go quite as far as it used to."" And all this while the state runs at a budget deficit. Thanks Mass legislature!