The debate surrounding the funding of Governor Patrick’s Washington, D.C. office is like the gift that keeps on giving. No one is arguing that the Governor shouldn’t maintains some kind of presence in D.C. Instead, what Republican lawmakers would like to see happen is the Governor fund his office out of his administrative budget, like his predecessor did. However, Governor Patrick is either too arrogant or too out of touch to realize that his continual efforts to fund this office out of a separate line item is a slap in the face to taxpayers across the Commonwealth who are being asked to pay more in taxes while trimming their house budgets themselves.
It’s time for Governor Patrick to wake up and smell the fiscal crisis. While $400,000may not sound like a lot of money, every little bit helps. During Governor Patrick’s short tenure in office, he has expanded the scope of government, increased the state payroll significantly and signed a number of heaping new taxes into law. 2010 couldn’t come faster!
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