If you’ve been watching television news, or reading the newspapers lately, you’ve no doubt seen Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick) telling you how outraged he is at recent developments with the Department of Transitional Assistance. Here’s a sampling from the Boston Herald
“This audit exposes the gross lack of oversight within DTA. We need to change the culture of waste, fraud and abuse,” said state Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick), chairman of the House Post Audit and Oversight Committee, who is also probing welfare payments made to slain Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his family. “We need to bring the DTA out of the Stone Age and into the computer age.”
Over the past few months, Linksy had multiple chances to put the reforms shown as necessary by the Auditor’s report, but he didn’t vote for them.
First on February 6, 2013Linsky voted against a Further Amendment by Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) to give the Inspector General, Auditor, or Attorney General responsibility for fraud investigation in the Department of Transitional Assitance. This was after a report showed $50M in waste.
Then during the budget debate, Linsky took a series of votes against reform.
More after the jump
Amendment 753 would have given teeth to the Speaker’s so called EBT reform. It would replace the word may with shall. This would ensure that the reforms were adopted by the administration of Deval Patrick. Linsky, you guessed it, voted no.
Amendment 840 would have required the Department of Transitional Assistance to enforce all fines, and publish once a month all fines, and make public all hearings. It failed, and David Linsky voted no.
David Linsky, now that their is pressure is talking a good game, he should have been acting when he had the chance, just one short month ago.