Thursday, August 13, 2009

Frivolous Spending Continues Despite Economic Climate

Money management is apparently not the Parole Board’s specialty, as a new report in the Boston Herald reveals the frivolous spending ways of the state agency. The Herald’s Hillary Chabot today reported that the Parole Board spent thousands of dollars on random, non-essential items recently including embroidered shirts and pins.

Sounds ridiculous, but we aren’t making this stuff up. In a time when taxpayers are being asked to pay more while receiving less, the state and all of its agencies need to tighten their belts. Actually, the belts should have been tightened a long time ago. It is no wonder the public doesn’t trust its elected officials and state government on a whole when they are constantly being smacked in the face with these negative and hard to believe headlines.

This year, the sales tax has been increased, RMV fees have been jacked up and new taxes have been put into place. Taxpayers were promised that these actions were necessary in order to continue providing essential services. They’re probably feeling duped right about now!

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