Monday, September 20, 2010

Another way to cut the State Budget

Something I totally agree with and will make this part of my commitment to the voters of Framingham... dissolve county government.

From the Herald:
Bay State taxpayers are shelling out more than $80 million for antiquated shadow governments in five counties, with some fiefdoms so inefficient that the bureaucrats want to fire themselves.

“Why are we doing this?” said Anthony T. O’Brien, chairman of the Plymouth County Commissioners, in an interview with the Herald. “It’s inefficient, bureaucratic and wasteful.”

Eight county government bureaucracies - including Suffolk and the most populous, Middlesex - already have been dissolved, their functions taken over by the state. But five remain - Dukes, Plymouth, Bristol, Norfolk and Barnstable - and their budgets come in at $80 million combined.

The environmental police continue as a separate agency even as state police ranks have been reduced by 200 troopers and urban departments statewide struggle to keep up with rising crime.

Of the department’s 75 officers, six made more than $100,000 in 2009, topped by Lt. Michael Scibelli, son of late state Rep. Anthony Scibeli (D-Springfield), who raked in $115,000.

Many officers, records show, are regular political donors.

And while this old growth tree huger believes strongly in defending our environment from abuse, it's painfully clear, The Environmental Police agency is not worth it's budget. Incorporate them into the State Police and make them earn their pay.

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