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Massachusetts Liberal

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

SS Beacon Hill taking on water

It's gotten so bad on Beacon Hill that people would be advised the wear safety lenses before venturing down the marble corridors to avoid getting a flying finger of blame in the eye.

Mayors are blaming legislators for the burden of municipal health care contracts. Senate President Therese Murray fires right back with Speaker Robert DeLeo watching her back, saying it's their own damn fault.

This is your government in action when money runs low and tempers run high.

The mayors are upset that they and their previous colleagues have collectively bargained away the store over the years resulting in some gold-plated health plans that would be the envy of the private sector.

And since lawmakers didn't stop them from being themselves, they now want either a legislatively-mandated change to reduce union say over a switch to the less expensive state GIC system. And if they don't get their way, they plan to take it to the ballot.

Murray was not amused.

“It’s time for the mayors to step up to the plate,’’ she said. “They have to look in the mirror on this. For years, they have been putting together their budgets, and now it is reaching a peak.

“It’s about time they managed their own funds better . . . instead of coming in here and saying, ‘You got to do A, B, C, and D.’ ’’

Of course, this is the leader of the same chamber that voted expensive local mandates like the Quinn Bill -- and can't bring itself to make a symbolic step like working on Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day like their constituents.

It's sort of like the fiscally irresponsible pot calling the profligate spending kettle black.

And you wonder why people are fed up with elected officials?

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