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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

It's not about the cash

Uncle Deval, it's not about the cash. Well, OK, maybe it's a part of it.

Crying "uncle" in admitting he made a major league gaffe in describing the uproar over Marian Walsh's appointment to the Health Education and Finance Authority is only a half step in the right direction. Asking Walsh to cut the proposed salary by $55,000 is also just a baby step.

What's still lacking is a solid justification why the job is needed at all after sitting vacant for a dozen years. Or why there needs to be separate agencies with initials and cute names like HEFA and MassDevelopment at all.

What's the difference in the duties that requires two quasi-independent boards with their own hierarchy, power structure and pay scale? If we can eliminate the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, why can't we reduce the number of agencies selling bonds to support economic development?

Hopefully that will be the outcome of the review Patrick asked Steve Crosby to make. While ostensibly about salaries and benefits at state public authorities, Crosby should look at the myriad of agencies doing similar things and recommend way for the state to lose some fiscal weight by cutting down on alphabet soup.

Then maybe Patrick will truly be able to hear what people are upset about.

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Blogger Not Whitey Bulger said...

So what are you getting upset about. Is it that Marian Walsh has her snout in the trough and Deval is a garden-variety pol, or is it that all this unfortunate business is getting in the way of raising the gas tax? Howie Carr has made a career out of calling out this sort of thing, and you lot have denegrated him every inch of the way. Now you understand why people are upset?

March 25, 2009 8:17 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

NWB, The problem with Howie is that his calling outs seem to be aimed only aimed at Democrats and come accompanied with cruel barbs aimed at people's personal foibles. (He may have attacked Romney but I gave up on his nastiness years ago).

I never had a problem understanding why people got upset. But unlike Howie, I'm willing to look at both sides and take swipes at both when appropriate. I'd be happy to take a look at cases where Howie directed his venom with equal ferocity at Republicans.

His attacks on George Keverian were downright cruel and with them went his credibility.

March 27, 2009 3:56 AM  

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