Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Another double dipping... and everyone knows

For state employees in the Massachusetts National Guard, there is a significant pay disparity between those who serve in-state and those shipped to the battle theaters of Afghanistan and Iraq.

The ones who stay home are paid far more.

This unusual system has meant that State Police troopers, correctional officers, and a dispatcher have collected tens of thousands of dollars in what amounts to double pay for serving with the Guard in places like Cape Cod, Milford, and Hingham. For their in-state efforts, while on leave from their state jobs, they earn their full state salary, as well as their Guard salary.

The article in the Globe has interviews with law enforcement officials, guards, etc.. State employee's who have been receiving their salary while receiving military pay, if stationed in Mass. While not wanting to seem unpatriotic and not a huge fan of anti drug warriors and the prison complex, I hope the logical in this comes forward.

No one should get two pay checks for doing one job, with tax payer money here in Mass. It's unfair and was not the intent of the original law that was to insure that guardsmen would not suffer financially if deployed. While Some have collected tens of thousands of dollars over years, they defend it, with, "it's the law" don't blame me for taking that money.

Deval is waiting for Major General Joseph Carter of the Mass National Guard to weigh in on this. The Major General has been looking at this for nine months now and will give Deval his recommendation when the report is finished.

What was it? hurry up and wait..


At April 15, 2009 at 5:18 PM , Blogger Old soldier said...

Did I read that right? They get more money if the serve in MA than they do if they go to a war zone? Tell me again the logic in that? We should be ashamed of ourselves. And those taking money that the boys putting their lives on the lines don't get should be ashamed to show their face anywhere in this state.

At April 16, 2009 at 10:00 AM , Blogger B. Murray said...

THere is no way to justify this. How can anyone in good conscience take this pay when soldiers in the war effort do not get it? But even more disturbing is that someone actually wrote the law that makes this possible, and no one has seen fit to amend or delete that regulation from the books. What are our legislators doing up at the state house if they have completely missed something as atrocious as this? And the Governor is waiting for a response from the General before making a decision? So, he is abdicating his responsibility to someone else, who happens to be a milatary leader? Does that raise any questions for anyone else, or am I the only one that sees this as a problem?

At April 16, 2009 at 11:42 AM , Blogger concerned voter said...

It never ceases to amaze me how many ways the politicians in MA can find to take money out of the pockets of their constituents and put it into their own pockets, or into the pockets of state employees. I guess they are not as stupid as I think they are since they have figured all these schemes out. As a state, we should be hanging our heads for treating our own soliders with less respect than we treat a toll booth taker who sits on his behind all day taking money from us. No one is shooting at him, but he deserves more money for his service than our soliders on the frontline in Iraq do. Something is very, very wrong with this picture. Let's see which of the reps steps up to the plate to correct this injustice first. But I would not hold your breath for that to happen. Would be a way for Richardson to redeam herself after the imagration disaster though.

At April 16, 2009 at 12:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should all be sure they do something about this one. And we should all apologize to the soldiers coming back to no job and no insurance for allowing this type of thing to happen.

At April 16, 2009 at 3:01 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Deval won't touch this.. he's afraid of the law enforcement and guard unions backlash. Now that the House has finally suggested an ending of the Quin Bill, the cops are lining up and will surround the Sate House in the near future in protest like the fireman this week in protest of budget cuts.

Solider could comment on this better, but as I remember, if you were deployed to combat, you got combat pay, if you were stationed state side, you did not.

Let's hope the Major General will make the right call here. I'm sure returning veterans would not approve of such a pay structure and resent those who have gotten it.


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