Monday, March 5, 2012

House Minority Leader’s Statement in Response to Boston Herald Article “Retired but Still Getting Paid”

In case you missed it, House Minority Leader Brad Jones (R-North Reading) recently released a statement in response to a February 29th Boston Herald article entitled, “Retired but Still Getting Paid.”

As you may have heard, the Boston Herald reported on statewide allegations of the misuse of public funds by municipal employees. Representative Jones weighed in, saying the following:

“I read with dismay and concern this morning’s Boston Herald article entitled “Retired but Still Getting Paid.” In this day and age where taxpayers and municipalities across the Commonwealth are faced with fiscal uncertainty, any allegation of misuse of public monies is egregious.

I am in contact with local officials in Lynnfield regarding this matter, and I will be filing corrective language at the state level. While at first glance it may not appear that anything illegal was done, these allegations indicate that there are glaring loopholes on the law. The situations outlined in today’s article highlight the serious need to review and overhaul our state’s unemployment rules and laws, and the administration of these benefits.”

Click here to read the Boston Herald article in its entirety.