Monday, April 27, 2009

Mihos and the Swine Flue

Christy Mihos has announced he is running for Governor, under the lonely Republican banner. It's a shame he didn't stick to the Independent role, but he's an opportunist and see's his opening. I did support him years ago when he ran as an Independent, but he alone seems to be the most vocal opponent to the Cape Wind project and that is not good for our State.

The heightened alert over what could be a huge disaster in this country, the swine flue, is something we should all be concerned over. I myself would consider the quarantine of anyone who has been in Mexico in the last 30 days. And anyone who has been in contact with any of those people, should be checked intermediately for symptoms. Spring breakers will be suspect and I would predict more colleges and schools will be closed for a short period of time.

Lets see how the Board of Health here in Framingham deals with this, as we know first hand the level of under educated board members will have to make decisions based on medical facts and not biased mis information. Thankfully there is one MD on board and hopefully she will use her expertise to evaluate any corrective action taken by the Board.

Beacon Hill Roll Call News

The House approved an amendment requiring any proposed changes in the state pension system to include an impact statement.

The House rejected an amendment requiring that a pension for State workers hired after Jan 1, 2010 be based on the average salary of all the years the person worked. Currently it's based on the workers highest three years.
This is why we will continue to see outrageous state worker retirements and abuse.

The House rejected an amendment to ban early pensions for fired workers.
How they sleep at night is beyond me.

The Senate approved an amendment that prohibits salaries under 5,000 from counting toward pensions.This bans the years someone made under 5K towards their retirement.

During the week of April 20 -24th, the House met for 28 minutes and the Senate met for 20 minutes.

Any wonder why we get frustrated over the lack pension reform?

For decades, lawyer Paul L. McCann has been known among developers and pundits as "Mr. Inside" at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. During most of his nearly 50 years at the city's planning agency, his title was executive assistant to the director, but he has also served several stints as acting director.
McCann retired amid much fanfare in 2005, with Mayor Thomas M. Menino touting his service to the city and calling him "a true friend." He has since been collecting a pension of roughly $97,000 per year.

But a Globe review has found he has never stopped working for the city. Or receiving pay from the BRA.

Last year he earned $162,000 - on top of his pension - for working about 25 hours per week under contract as a consultant at the planning agency.

State retirement officials say McCann, whose combined annual income in public pay and pension benefits tops a quarter million dollars, is violating state pension law, which places strict limits on public sector retirees' income and work schedules.

The law prohibits retirees from working at a government agency - as an employee, independent contractor, or consultant - for more than 960 hours per year and from collecting more in total income than the salary for the position they held at retirement. McCann's salary was $137,000 the year before he retired, payroll records show.

I have to think there are hunderds and hundreds of these people gaming the system.