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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Wrong type of transparency

Who says politicians don't have a sense of humor? Treasurer Tim Cahill is accusing Gov. Deval Patrick of political "grandstanding."

The man who once said declared "Quitting or leaving is not being terminated" (registration required) when it came to state legislator pensions -- and promised to take a leadership role in straightening out the Retirement Board under his control -- is now singing a different tune.
"I know it would make people feel better to go back and pull this money back. But at the end of the day, we have to go by the rule of the law."

Cahill pointed out that Governor Deval Patrick, while calling for speedier approval of pension law changes by the Legislature, has not introduced his own legislation, even though he is publicly taking on individual retirees.

"I think the governor is grandstanding on this issue," said Cahill, a potential 2010 primary challenger of the governor. "He's the only one who hasn't filed legislation to change this. The Senate has, the House has, and we've been filing some form of pension legislation for the past couple of years."
Let's see now -- critical of Patrick for not filing pension legislation and supportive of the House and Senate bills -- one of which grandfathers current members pension perks. Could Treasurer Tim be trying to curry favor with legislators who are mightly pissed at Patrick these days?

I know transparency in government is a good thing, but this is carrying it a bit too far.

And I'm still waiting for Treasurer Tim's solutions on school construction costs, Mass. Pike bonds and the life sciences bill.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tim is great at complaining about the Governor's fiscal policies to set up his own run for governor. Doing the right thing, on other hand, takes skill and courage, especially where he will take heat from Beacon Hill people he wants as future supporters. Even his mentor Jack Connors can't teach him that.

May 06, 2009 7:04 AM  

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