Sal DiMasi and Ethics

( – promoted by Garrett)

A story in today’s Globe describes a meeting in 2004 between Sal DiMasi soldiers, John Rogers and Ronald Mariano, and State Treasurer Cahill. The not-so-suble message delivered to Treasurer Tim was rather simply. Do not mess with State Lawmaker pension regulations or you may find your budget in shambles. Given Sal’s easy to predict early departure this year, one wonders if the “one day, one year” reform was on the table in 2004. Sal’s early departure allowed him to take advantage of the one day rule. I am left to wonder if this is just business as usual, they way politics are done on Beacon Hill, or a blatant violation of state ethics rules. Regardless of the answer, are we to believe that things are any different today?

Cahill yielded on pension issue in ’04

Says legislators advised against reforms

By Frank Phillips, Globe Staff  |  May 12, 2009

State Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill backed down in 2004 from a push to curb retirement abuses by lawmakers, after top legislative leaders on Beacon Hill privately objected to the changes, Cahill said.

Cahill said he received a visit from Representative John Rogers, House Ways and Means chairman, who was sent by House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi to tell him to abandon his quest to eliminate termination pensions for lawmakers.

Termination pensions allow legislators and other elected officials to collect early, enhanced retirement benefits if they are voted out of office. The law has also been stretched by the state Retirement Board to allow lawmakers who step down voluntarily to get the special lifetime benefit, equivalent to one-third of their salary.

The story continues at: http://www.boston.com/news/loc…

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