Monday, March 22, 2010

Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind

In case you missed it, last week, the Patrick Administration announced an additional $300 million budget gap. So, how does Governor Patrick respond to the devastating news? A fundraising trip to California! By raising taxes and fees, the decisions of Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray have actually led to a worsened economy and an even less friendly business climate. As the economic outlook declined in Massachusetts, the Patrick-Murray Administration continued to push our state’s finances to the back burner. Is this leadership we can believe in?

Meanwhile, as the state travels deeper into this fiscal crisis, our no-show Governor Patrick travels 3,000 miles to raise campaign dollars. While it is probably better that he is out of town, where he can do no harm, the people of Massachusetts deserve better leadership. Governor Patrick talks a big game but rarely follows through on his promises. During his State of the Commonwealth address, he claimed to have signed three budgets that were responsible, balanced and on time. It seems the Governor has a selective memory. After all, who cares if the budgets are on time if they’re not responsible or balanced?

Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray have been walking, talking disasters. Governor Patrick, you may be out, but your shortcomings are not out of mind.