State Senators Who Voted Against $300K For Bullet Proof Vests For Cops Just Spent $18 Million On Pay Raises For Themselves
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Acting less than 24 hours after the House, the Senate on Thursday voted 31-9 in support of an $18 million package of pay raises for lawmakers, judges and constitutional officers, with Democratic leadership securing a veto-proof majority that all but assures the bill will become law even if Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes it.
The House passed its pay raise bill on a 116-44 vote and the Senate passed its proposal with three Democrats joining all six Republican senators in opposition. The Democrats voting against the bill were Sens. Anne Gobi, Michael Moore and Walter Timilty. Timilty declined to comment on his vote when approached outside the chamber, but Gobi, a Spencer Democrat, called her decision a “conscientious vote.”
“I just thought it was too much considering the situation many of the people in the commonwealth are going through,” Gobi told the News Service.
She was also carrying a copy of the letter she intends to send to Treasurer Deborah Goldberg declining the pay increase should it become law, and said he hoped her colleagues who also voted no would similarly not accept the raise.
“You can’t be hypocritical. If you vote no, you shouldn’t take the dough, so I won’t take the money,” Gobi said.
Legislative leaders worked behind the scenes over the winter on the pay raise bill before springing the topic into the public realm last Tuesday by calling for a hearing on Thursday on a two-year-old report on pay levels for public officials.
What a bunch of chum guzzlers. Here’s a list of the State Senators who voted no and yes on this one:
Fast fact – 20 of the 31 senators who just voted to increase their own salary significantly voted against a very simple measure in May to spend $300,000 for bullet proof vests for cops. On the day of Ron Tarentino’s wake. Shameful.
That money would’ve been matched by the federal government, for another $300K. They couldn’t afford to pay for police officers to protect themselves in the line of duty, but they can pay themselves a gigantic raise. These people are pigs at a trough. They’re not just bad legislators. They’re awful human beings. Don’t let them get away with this. Here’s a list of State Senators. Find your’s, email them, call them, and let them know that you want YOUR taxpayer money to go to services your family can use, instead of going in their greedy pockets.
Props to the three democratic State Senators who had the minerals to cross party lines and do the people’s work. Two of them are from Central Mass (Gobi and Moore). These aren’t small raises either. It’s forty freaking percent!!! Who gets a 40% raise? Who gets to vote on their own salary without any sort of oversight or collective bargaining?
Oh yea, and the timing is certainly convenient. Ya know, because we just had a contentious election and now everyone’s distracted with talks about walls, and Trump saying crazy things about voter fraud and crowd sizes. Make no doubt about it – this was intentionally done in January because none of these assholes will be up for reelection for another 22 months. They know a lot of shit will happen between now and then and people will forget about this.
Karen Spilka (Ashland), Harriette Chandler (Worcester), Stan Rosenberg (Amherst), Sonya Chang-Diaz (Boston), Jamie “captain planet” Eldridge (Acton), Jennifer Flanagan (Leominster) – every one of these greasehogs just voted to increase spending by $18 million a year. These are the same people who bitch and whine about not having enough money for services. They shit on successful people for not paying their “fair share” in taxes. But who can blame people who resist tax increases when this is what it’s going to?
These same dooshnozzles get paid per diem stipends for transportation, meals, and a shitload of other perks. We’d publicly shame all 115 State Reps who voted in favor of the pay raise, but there’s too many of them. Here’s a list. You should know how your representative voted. They’re spending your money. Nine democrats had the minerals to cross party lines and vote against this egregious and unwarranted raise.
John Mahoney. Fraud.
Jim O’Day. Fraud.
Dan Donahue. Fraud.
Mary Keefe. Fraud.
Natalie Higgins. Fraud.
Kate Campanale. Good shit.
Kim Ferguson. Good shit.
Peter Durant. Good shit.
Donnie Bethiaume. Good shit.
Paul Frost. Good shit.
Ironically the people who all voted for this raise are the ones who are always looking for new ways to waste your money. They’re the ones who resist any sort of attempt to reign in EBT abuse. They’re the ones who are always looking to spend more money on diversity training, chief diversity officers, and whatever other meaningless feel good bullshit that makes them feel warm and fuzzy inside. They’re the ones who are pushing for sanctuary cities, which will drastically increase the cost of public education, despite the fact that schools are underfunded as it is.
Check out how Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, justified the pay raise:
“I think given that it’s completely appropriate and reasonable to take a look at this and to adjust it,” he continued. “There’s certainly sticker shock, I appreciate that. But I think folks should know this wasn’t done in a hasty way. There are actually two reports going back 9 years to 2008 and another report done in 2014, both done independently and included bipartisan groups of experts.”
Lesser said he appreciates that others might disagree.
“But I think it’s important for good governance,” he said. “I actually view it as an important anti-corruption measure because there’s quite a lot in there including a ban on outside employment for the speaker and the senate president which is very important. So like everything there’s a compromise and building in incentives for doing more work and building in more transparency I think are good things.”
He views it as an “anti-corruption measure.” In other words, he is voting to give himself a raise so that he’ll be less likely to accept a bribe. Ya know, because he won’t need the cash anymore if he’s stealing from the taxpayers. This 31 year old dipshit who was JUST ELECTED voted to give himself a massive raise his first month on the job.
Governor Baker says he’s gonna veto it, which is nice. But they have the votes to override it. Just don’t forget this. The next time your school doesn’t have the resources it needs for your kid’s classroom, remember where it went. Because these chiselers couldn’t trust themselves not to be bribed.
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