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Editor’s note: This is the print version of a January 26, 2009 web exclusive column.

Updated note at end of column at Herald website....
8 posted on 02/01/2009 11:32:55 AM PST by GQuagmire
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yup, saw that...And now: A Monday column! Ping
(PS: your humble raccoonradio guy turns 47 today... :) )

‘Credible’ Sal Dimasi uses system to his benefit
By Howie Carr | Monday, February 2, 2009 | | Columnists

How much is Sal DiMasi going to get?

That was the big question last week. The inquiry didn’t concern possible prison time, but his about-to-begin monthly kiss in the mail - the state pension.

Speaker Sal hung on into January for one reason - as a solon, one day of “service” in 2009 bought him an extra year of what is ironically called “credible service.”

Anyway, Sal now has two ways to go: Option C, which provides for the pension to continue after his death for his trophy second wife Debbie, or Option A, which is more, because the pension would end with his passing.

If DiMasi had quit in 2008, he’d have finished with 32 years and 3 months at the public trough. Under Option A he’d have gotten $68,800 a year for life. If he went for the survivor’s benefits, it would have been $57,000.

For hanging in those extra few days, greedy Sal will receive credit for 33 years and 3 months. So Mistah Speakah is now looking at $71,000 under Option A and $59,000 if he cuts Trophy Deb into the jackpot.

By the standards of the Dreaded Private Sector, it’s an incredibly generous pension, especially considering the dodgy circumstances of his exit. But Salvatore’s take will merely be average compared with the other extinguished statesmen.

Topping the list, of course, is the Corrupt Midget himself, ex-Senate president Billy Bulger. His current annual take is $197,665.92 a year - a record that will be harder to break than Joe DiMaggio’s consecutive-game hitting streak.

Number 2 is ex-House Speaker David Bartley, who last won an election in 1974. Like the Corrupt Midget, he fled into so-called higher education, taking over his hometown school, Holyoke Community College. Bartley’s annual take: $152,505.72.

Compared to those Killer B’s, the other General Court hacks are collecting chump change. On Jan. 2, 1991, two squalid legislative careers ended, with one final year of “credible service” recorded to fatten up their pensions.

Ex-House Speaker George Keverian retired due to ill health - the voters got sick of him. But no problem, he’s still taking $54,498.84 a year. The man he vanquished for speaker, Tommy McGee, has also been collecting all these years, and is now at $47,224.68.

Keverian was succeeded as speaker by Good Time Charlie Flaherty, now a convicted felon. Good Time Charlie grabs $44,122.32. Felon Flaherty was succeeded by yet another criminal, Felon Finneran, who is stripped of his $23,712.94 pension, although he is scheming madly to get it back.

Folks, these bloated pensions are the real reason Sal’s pals are itching to tax you back to the Stone Age. It’s what the hacks call “fixed costs,” because the fix is in - for them.
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9 posted on 02/01/2009 9:51:43 PM PST by raccoonradio
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