Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Official's kin had no-work state job... from the Globe

Transportation secretary's sister got $60,000 Legislature post in August

Her title was chief of staff, but she had no staff and reported to no one. That did not prevent Carol Aloisi from collecting a $60,000 State House salary for six months, until a state representative found her - literally - sitting in his new office and put her to work.

Aloisi, the sister of state Transportation Secretary James Aloisi Jr., was assigned in August by House leaders to the onetime office of former state representative Rachel Kaprielian months after Kaprielian had vacated her post to head up the state Registry of Motor Vehicles.

After seeing this, as most of you will agree... we can't be shocked at any story like this. I wonder, how many positions are there in the total state budget, just like this one? Could we guess at hundreds? or could it be thousands? If you go to the Boston Globe on line, you will see over 100 comments from outraged residents.

Deval better do something about this, even the one party loyalist must be hiding their faces now.


At March 17, 2009 at 3:25 PM , Blogger abby said...

Why did none of those one party loyalist do anything about this is the question I have. Why wait for the paper to break the story. This is just rubbing our face in it. When are we as a state going to say we have had enough and start protesting or demanding accoutability from these people? Time for Patrick to either toe the line of what he promised, or be impeached. I am serious. This had got to end while we still have something to save. Wait much longer and there will be nothing worth saving! What say all of you?

At March 17, 2009 at 3:56 PM , Blogger Anderson said...

I don't even know what to say about this. First the $170,000 a year appointment to a post vacant for the last 12 years, and now this. Patrick has lost all credibility with me. I am done giving him the benefit of the doubt. He screwed up, and continues to screw up, so he is just another liar like all the rest of them working under that gold dome. Kick them all out, that is the only home we have. Do we have grounds to impeach him Jim?

At March 17, 2009 at 4:53 PM , Blogger Jamie said...

It is bad enough to appoint someone to a position that has been vacant for 12 years in these financially terrible times, but at least that position would require some work. This person got a paycheck for doing absolutely nothing from the sounds of it. I say we go after the Governor for appointing her, and we go after her to recoup the pay she received for doing nothing at all. That is fraud if you ask me, and I bet most of you would agree. If we can’t stop the polls, then lets try making the people who take advantage of this type of thing to wary of the consequences to accept the position. This woman clearly has no ethics and no conscience, and she should be punished and held accountable to. The situation of corruption is bad enough, but the fact that even when they get caught they get away with it is even more reprehensible.

At March 17, 2009 at 4:58 PM , Blogger SoxFan said...

Tell me something. If someone offered you 60 grand a year for a job that you did not have to do, would you take it? Sure, we would all be tempted, but most of us would refuse, either because we knew it had to be wrong, or because we would be afraid of getting in trouble. So, we can’t do anything about all the people that have no conscience, but we can do something about making sure they know if they do accept the position, and the public finds out about it, they will pay a price. I say we make an example of this woman if for no other reason than to see who comes out of the woodwork and defends her. She should be prosecuted for something.

At March 17, 2009 at 5:03 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

I've been reading the Massachusetts Constitution and as a layman, I see more than one basic tenants that they are violating now. If I had only gone to law school instead of Woodstock.

I'm e mailing Deval daily now... as I'm sure thousands are and plan to do daily.

Steph is working on a "Grade your Massachusetts State House" blog, where anyone can vote, pass, fail, not sure. I will send results to media outlets every 30 days... maybe catch Obama's ear. I have to think Obama won't like what he sees and hears from Boston and give Deval a little talking to. I would, if I saw outright fraud and so is Obama, in talking about the AIG bonus monies. He's at least publicly, has had it, and so should Deval, as we do about the State House.

With everything I read and hear, my feeling is strong that 2 million or so in this State care enough to make change. If our only option to stop these out of control elected elite is at the voting both, then clearly, 120 or so House Reps and 20 Senators would have to join the house. I'll bet that in Mass there are more than 140 good viable, sincere and honest, people, around the STATE that would do a better job than what we have now. These people will be inelegant, non party loyalist who understand the meaning of ethical behavior AND RESPECTING THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. It's a part time job that pays travel expenses and a stipend. Meets once a week at the State House, on Saturday perhaps.

So we launch a web site and spread the word. If in 18 months, the incubents at State House have not cleaned up it's act, then they will loose big time with the voters and a whole new set of real people will go to the State House. Elect a speaker and get things done.

Am I dreaming?

At March 17, 2009 at 5:04 PM , Blogger John said...

Wake up people. This is just the tip of the iceberg. What are the chances if there was just one appoitment like this, that one job would have been uncovered? I bet there are hundreds of them. Why aren’t some of those investigative reporters I see on the evening news digging into this? I bet there is one hell of a story here, but even the media play coy with the powers that be at the State House. If they don’t, they will never get another interview or another good story. So how do we do anything about this when everyone runs scared and turns their backs on this. We in MA should be embarrassed in front of our fellow citizens in other states for how long we have sat by and let this type of behavior go on at our State House. Back to the days when Honey Fitz was in charge, corruption has been the way of life in MA politics and no one seems to recognize anymore just how wrong that is. MA in my opinion is hopeless, if we don’t condemn this now, and take a strong and forceful stand against this, we never will. Stand up and be counted as a voice against all this political corruption, or it will bring us all down eventually.

At March 17, 2009 at 5:31 PM , Blogger Alpha Dog said...

This makes sense, and didn’t we all really know this, but were just getting sucked in by all the rhetoric? I would be interested in asking Pam Richardson about this directly, maybe at that meeting on March 30th. I am very interested in what her response to questions about what they can do to override the speakers actions would be. But my real question is do they have the ability to override the governor? These last two things we have heard about positions he has appointed people to are just a bit too much to swallow if you ask me. He has lost all credibility with me, and I am really disappointed, I had great faith in him. Guess he is pretty good at playing the game, convincing us that he is a political outsider, but for an outsider, he sure learned the ropes pretty quickly.

At March 18, 2009 at 9:34 AM , Blogger Frustrated in Framingham said...

In the old west, they use to shoot people for behaving like this. Maybe we need to go back to those days. Caught cheating anyone out of their hard earned money, then you get shot on the spot, or hung. I guess I could go along with either of those options at this point. This is beyond any doubt unethical behavior on the part of the sitting Governor. How can he possibly expect us not to be upset about this? Has he even tried to explain or offer an apology? And most importantly, does this woman still have this position?

At March 19, 2009 at 12:21 PM , Blogger Doreen said...

Has this woman been fired, and has Patrick been reprimanded? Oh yeah….wait a minute, she probably can’t be fired because she is a MA state employee and there are basically no grounds for firing one of them, and as for Patrick, who is going to reprimand him? Unless the President has nothing better to do, then I am guessing both the woman with the job and the Governor who gave her that job are going to walk away with no consequences at all. Am I right?

At March 19, 2009 at 1:20 PM , Blogger Brian V. said...

Jim you may be dreaming, but it is one hell of a good dream! I think you may be right, there really may be enough people to say they will take this on just to eliminate the corruption at the State House. You hopefully will be one of them. Good work here on this blog, and on the Metro West site. Keep people thinking, and question that which does not look right, instead of turning a blind eye to much of this as the media seems to be doing.

At March 20, 2009 at 11:52 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...


They are both still there... and Deval has labeled our concern as trivial. He just averted toll hikes by dipping into a reserve fund, but this was not in our favor either. This time given to the State House and Transportation Agency's is going to blow up in our faces in July, when they leave for summer break AND there won't be one, or maybe one, but the rest of the total pollution will be outraged on all sides, except those who will benefit financially and politically. We will be at the beach or camping somewhere later this summer when we hear about what happens and it will be a done deal by then.


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