Quasi-public agencies, Marian Walsh, and screw the taxpayers

(Posted on that other blog!)

Imagime Marian Walsh even opening her mouth on this issue. So where was the ethics reform on the issue of patronage laden, quasi-public, hack infested, off the books agencies?

Senate votes to cap salaries at state’s quasi-public agencies

By Hillary Chabot

Thursday, April 8, 2010  

State senators voted today to limit sky-high salaries at quasi-public agencies to no higher than the governor’s $143,000 annual pay, saying the taxpayer-funded bodies have become notorious for fat paychecks and plum perks.

“Nobody should be making more than the governor unless they can justify why,” said Senate Minority leader Richard Tisei (R-Wakefield), who filed the amendment onto a jobs incentive before the state Senate today.

Tisei said the amendment gained support of 35 senators because, “people recognize we have a shadow government that’s not accountable to anyone right now and they’ve racked up excessive salaries and benefits.”

State Sen. Marian Walsh (D-West Roxbury) even supported the measure. Walsh prompted scrutiny of the little-known agencies after Gov. Deval Patrick appointed her to a long-vacant $175,000 position at a quasi-public agency last year.

Patrick, who faced scathing backlash for promoting an early supporter despite tough fiscal times, immediately demanded a study of salaries and benefits at quasi-public agencies.

And yes, Deval Patrick, a man who has slept throught the first three years of his term, expressed concern when made aware that your tax dollars are being pissed away:

Patrick, who faced scathing backlash for promoting an early supporter despite tough fiscal times, immediately demanded a study of salaries and benefits at quasi-public agencies.

http://www.bostonherald.com/ne…

You cannot make this crap up. Screw the taxpayers!

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  • Why not cap salaries for all state employees at no more than what the Governor is making unless there is serious justification.  At the same time you would need to cap the growth in the Governor’s salary at no more than inflation.

    Think of the large numbers in the State University system that would have to justify why they make more than the Governor.  Think of the coaches of sports teams at UMass that would have to explain why they are worth a salary that is more than the Governors.

    I know that this proposal will likely be put out to “study”, but it is something that needs to be considered.  Salaries in some sectors of the government are way to high and do not pass the proverbial smell test.

  • about my boss….pseudo-State employee that made more than any state employee IN THE COUNTRY.

    ….something like $630,000+.

    Granted, her salary doesn’t come from State coffers…..but her pension will.  Though, most of that salary was through incentive bonuses that won’t apply to her pension.