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Massachusetts Liberal

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

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A quick way to save $208,000

Somewhere, Sonny McDonough is laughing.

The late South Boston pol who served as the poster child of all that is wrong with the archaic Governor's Council, probably enjoyed this week's confirmation hearing for Supreme Judicial Court nominee Fernande R.V. Duffly and the breakout performance of the newest councilor, Charles O. Cipollini.

Cipollini quizzed Duffly on her political views -- with F equating liberal -- and harangued her about the SJC's most famous, and clearly settled case, involving gay marriage. The Republican from Fall River thought he was having an, er, gay old time challenging Duffly on her thoughts about polygamy and communal living (bet Mitt Romney wasn't laughing.)

Your state tax dollars at work.

In a time of fiscal austerity, a colonial-era appendage with little to no reason for existence is taking up more than $208,000 in councilor salaries, not to mention the cost of administration and staff.

It's a rather step price to be paying for political theater.

The office is spelled out in the Massachusetts Constitution so eliminating it won't be easy. But perhaps we should revert to colonial-era pay?

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Blogger Daniel said...

Apparently some of the other council members raised far more legitimate concerns about Duffly, such as her ill-reasoned and subsequently overturned decision in an arson case and, earlier in Duffly's career, her tendency to always approve petitions by one party to a no-fault divorce to remove the children from the state (and thus effectively sever ties with the other parent). Perhaps the Governor's Council would best prove its usefulness by actually refusing to rubber-stamp an appointment from time to time.

January 23, 2011 4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are MA Senators entitled to no show jobs?


January 24, 2011 3:15 AM  

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