Out of touch Deval

(Kevin is running again for Representative. Good for him to attack Patrick. – promoted by EaBo Clipper)

The governor, addressing listeners during his monthly appearance on WTKK-FM, noted his administration’s efforts to maintain the bulk of state aid to cities and towns; add local-option meals and hotel taxes; and end an exemption allowing telephone companies to avoid paying taxes on their poles and wires.

“I respect the question coming from local officials, but it’s about time, I think, local officials tell me what they’re doing,” Patrick, a Democrat, said in exasperation. “This is what we’re doing.”

He added: “If you think we should do more in Place A, then tell us where to cut in Places B, C and D – because those are the choices we’ve got, unfortunately.”

Patrick spoke in response to an e-mail submitted by Kevin Kuros, the vice chairman of the Uxbridge board of selectman. Kuros noted his town had voted Monday night to raise its property tax rate for the third time during the Patrick administration, and he asked about any plans the governor had for state-local revenue sharing going forward.

The story continues at: http://bostonherald.com/news/p…

Kudos to Uxbridge Selectman, Kevin Kuros. Here’s the facts:

1) The Governor’s handling of the GIC issue has been nothing short of a disgrace. His unwillingness to LISTEN to local officials and empower those officials to design health insurance plans has many communities teetering on insolvency. The 70% supermajority is so unattainable that less than 15 communities statewide have voted to implement the GIC. My community, Swampscott, is one of those that have passed the GIC, but did so only with a negotiated change in the split between employer/employee contributions. Deval Patrick’s has never once shown any interest in solving this budget busting local issue.

2) Taxes, taxes, and more taxes. How many motels, hotels, and restaurants does a community like Swampscott have and what real impact will a 1% increase in the meals and hotel tax have on a small town’s budget? The answer is not much. More nonsense from Deval.

Now a real example of the Governor’s out-of-touch, oh-woe-is-me act.

The referenced article contains the following quote:

“I respect the question coming from local officials, but it’s about time, I think, local officials tell me what they’re doing,” Patrick, a Democrat, said in exasperation.

Well guess what? We invited the Governor to visit with the Swampscott School Committee. He passed. We also asked Secretary of Education Paul Reville to visit and even offered Reville a private meeting with the Superintendent and myself. No interest. The purpose behind both invites was rather simple. We felt (and still do) that out chapter 70 school aid was inappropriately low. We also had issues related to SPED and transportation. We wanted to have a discussion! Instead the answer was no interest.

The Selectman from Uxbridge is correct. The Governor is a thin skinned light weight. If he thinks the blame game and the “feel sorry for me act” will get him reelected, guess again.                                          

If jobs and kids education were not the issue there actually might be something humorous about his WTKK antics. Unfortunately all this is for real and lying is unacceptable.

The fact is Governor Patrick dislikes and has disdain for local officials. Call the local officials in Gloucester for a second opinion.

Is it November 2010 yet?

About David Whelan

  • I think we can fairly ask the same of the statehouse.

    Here's a quick list of just some of the things that our Board of Selectmen, School Committee and Finance Committee have done to get our arms around town finances:

    1. negotiated higher employee contributions and co-pay's for health care
    2. did not replace the highway superintendent when he retired
    3. did not replace the town planner when she moved on to another community
    4. hired lower-salaried officials in every case when an opening has appeared (clerk, town manager, superintendent, etc.)
    5. reduced our town counsel budget by over 50%
    6. tried to negotiate entrance into the GIC but were thwarted by the inability to gain the required 70% consensus from the unions
    7. delayed many capital purchases
    8. moved to semiannual rather than quarterly mailings for property tax bills to save on printing and postage
    9. saw our “windfall” from the telecomm tax loophole held up by Verizon's appeal in the courts
    10. are working on turning street lights off
    11. renegotiated our school busing contract and reworked schedules to eliminate 1/3 of the trips
    12. adopted a financial management strategy for town meeting that requires us to move all “free cash” into stabilization with the first article of the town meeting, thereby forcing a 2/3's vote rather than a simple majority to spend it
    13. negotiated 4 day work weeks with town hall staff so we can close town hall on Fridays to save on heating and utility costs
    14. auctioned surplus vehicles on ebay
    15. refurbed other vehicles to extend their lives rather than purchasing others
    16. implemented a one year salary freeze for non-union employees
    17. regionalized our animal control officer
    18. are actively exploring regionalization of other fcts such as dispatch services

    There are more, but you get the idea.  It's not like we've sat idly by and fiddled while Rome burned around us.  Oh yeah, and the Selectmen, FinCom and School Committee members who have tackled the above agenda are all volunteers.

    The key point is that if state government were run half as frugally as most towns are, we'd have NO issues right now. 

    Local leaders CAN be trusted with increased state funding.  Our Board of Selectmen voted to lower our tax rate when local aid was at an appropriate level. Coincidentally or not, that was under the last budget prepared by Governor Romney.

  • Cities and towns accross the Commonwealth are doing similar things in order to survive. Remember the Governor’s Readiness Project? It was an attempt at “reinventing” how we deliver public education in the Commonwealth. The Readiness Project is history simply because once the revenue dried up the Governor determined that the initiative was not viable. Much could and still can be accomplished by looking at efficiencies and cost saving, but that’s not how they think. Without the drug that is revenue, the gang on Beacon Hill can not make the necessary reforms that will allow the delivery of services through the next few years.

    Again, the interests of unions trump those of taxpayers and kids.