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Killins Me Softly
In case you missed it, The Boston Globe’s Joan Vennochi wrote a great column today about
the outgoing, seemingly part-time Commissioner of the Department of Early
Education and Care (EEC), Sherri Killins and how this scandal could throw a
wrench in Governor Patrick’s tax plans. For
those who don’t know, she’s the state employee who is currently participating
in a superintendent training internship in Ware, living in New Haven, Connecticut
and in charge of a state agency, headquartered in Boston, earning $200,000 a
year. She resigned on Monday, but will
still collect a salary for two months, essentially working as a consultant. It seems that her superiors, Education Secretary
Matthew Malone and our tax-pushing Governor, were not aware of her internship.
As Ms. Venocchi wrote in her column, “It also looks
like the governor for whom she worked doesn’t respect the taxpayers enough to
acknowledge the reality of the situation.”
At a time when Governor Patrick is aggressively pushing his $2 billion
tax plan and asking the hard-working residents of the Commonwealth to open up
their wallets for his grand plans, this scandal is another example of the
waste, fraud and abuse that must be addressed before we can even begin to
discuss tax increases.
Click here to read Ms. Venocchi's column in its entirety.