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Massachusetts Liberal

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

Thursday, September 30, 2010

While the cat's away...

Anyone who needs reminding that a Massachusetts governor holds far less power than they think should take a look at Beacon Hill this week.

Under the cloak of informal sessions, where one person can gum up the works, Republican treasurer candidate Karyn Polito (with an assist from colleague George Peterson) has been holding hostage a $400 million measure aimed to make sure some important state services continue. The cash comes from the federal stimulus money that Scott Brown earlier tried to derail, no doubt a factor in Polito's effort to carve out a campaign issue.

But lest we think it's only Republican lawmakers who are trying to slow down or shut down state government, retiring House Dean David Flynn is looking to use the spending bill to revive the nearly dead casino bill.

Governors may come and go. The Legislature lives forever. Now where is that silver stake?

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