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Massachusetts Liberal

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

While the cat's away

As the Tea Party Newsletter continues to blame Deval Patrick's absence for everything except the Japanese catastrophe, legislative leaders appear to be stirring from their winter's hibernation.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo emerged just prior to the Legislature's Evacuation Day holiday to tell business leaders about his plans for the coming session -- including a change to the open records law that would make all job recommendations for state jobs written documents available to the public.

It's a good idea that could be accomplished in fairly short order when the House and Senate actually meet, something that has been a relatively rare activity so far this year. But what I'd really love to see are the exchanges among lawmakers opposed to bringing some sunlight into the process, something, alas, we will not get to witness.

As for Patrick's trip and the lack of goodies to date, unless there's one last blockbuster waiting it appears the governor made a strategic error in not lining up deals for signature along the way. But I suspect we will see action on that front sooner than we will on legislative transparency.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do like Republican Lew Evangelidis and just don't take letters of recomendation from any politicians for people seeking jobs. Award jobs on testing, merit and training.

March 16, 2011 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not all cold calls produce sales. That doesn't mean you don't try.

March 17, 2011 8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is Lew Evangelidis, besides a Republican? I imagine there are Democrats and non affiliates with the same standards.

March 17, 2011 8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's the new Worc county sheriff who's trying to clean up the system (voted in last fall). Wish all of our politicians were as honest, and if there are some Democrats with those standards list them here. No politician letters of recomendation, seems pretty simple to enforce. (He also said he will not take campaign donations from people who work at the jail he runs, former boss a Dem did.) Nice way of thinking.

March 17, 2011 9:08 AM  

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