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Before bingeing on sales tax, pols should purge hack kin
By Howie Carr | Wednesday, May 6, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
The hacks at the State House are desperate to raise taxes. They want it so bad they can taste it, and it tastes like beer - free beer, their favorite kind.
So I have a suggestion. For once the solons should lead by example. Before they raise taxes on people who actually work for a living, each legislator should offer up sacrifices, human sacrifices. Each rep should agree to remove not one, but two of their hack relatives from the state payroll.
Lets start with Rep. Garrett Bradley of Hingham. You see, he voted last week for the outrageous 25 percent hike in the sales tax.
Bradley became a hero in the hackerama when he snatched Carol Aloisi off the payroll-patriot waiver wire. The do-nothing Carol, sister of the greed-crazed transportation secretary Jim Aloisi, now works in Bradleys State House office.
First, Garrett Bradley could order his wife, Heather, off the public payroll. She works at the Plymouth County district attorneys office for $47,502 a year. The DA is Tim Cruz, whose brother used to be a rep. Heathers husband the rep made $65,737 last year, and now hes in leadership, the first division chair. Plus last year he made more than 100 large in his private practice. So surely the Bradleys wont miss Heathers salary.
Next, Bradley can prevail upon his brother Michael to give up his $80,000 hack sinecure at the Division of Industrial Accidents. The DIA has become a popular hack holding pen, and its payroll includes the son of state Rep. Paul Kujawski, the husband of Sen. Marian Walsh, not to mention the ex-state Sen. Cheryl Jacques (rhymes with Fakes) whose brother Steve works at the Turnpike . . . But I digress.
Michael Bradley used to work at the Plymouth County House of Correction, until shortly after Democratic incumbent Joe McDonough was ousted in 2004. Among those he worked with was one Jack LaLond, who now has an $83,562 a year hack job at the Department of Conservation and Recreation. The DCR payroll is also the home of one Patty Vantine, who makes $105,000. Patty is the sister of Gov. Deval Patricks campaign manager, John Walsh, who, by an amazing coincidence, happens to have run the unsuccessful re-election campaign of one Joe McDonough back in 2004, when Sheriff McDonough employed Bradley and LaLond.
Rep. Bradley sent me an e-mail, saying he has two other brothers - a car salesman and the other works for a private ambulance company. So I guess we dont have to get rid of them.
One rep down, 199 to go.
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Can anyone tell me why we have a "Department of Conservation and Recreation"? Of course, I'm still trying to find out precisely what function (apart from good jobs at good wages) MEFA is purported to serve . . .
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