Thursday, July 16, 2009

Governor Patrick Grilled on Use of Federal Stimulus Money

Governor Patrick was in Washington, D.C. last week and during his trip he testified at a Congressional Hearing where he was questioned on his administration’s use of federal stimulus money. The video of this hearing, which was posted on You Tube, shows Congressman Darrell Issa (R-California) grilling Governor Patrick for using Massachusetts’ prevailing wage instead of the federal rate. The difference in the two rates is astronomical. In fact, Congressman Issa says the Patrick Administration is wasting close to $200 million worth of federal stimulus money.

You may recall last month, House Republicans offered an amendment that would have required the state to use the federal prevailing wage for projects funded by federal stimulus dollars. Unfortunately, we were unable to force a roll call because we didn’t have the support necessary to do so. Republicans continue to offer cost savings initiatives; however Democrats continue to reject them.

Click here to watch the full exchange between Issa and Patrick.

***Special thanks to the folks at Red Mass Group for contacting us regarding this video!