One Last Power Grab by Deval

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    One Last Power Grab by Deval

    In what will probably be the last attempt at expanding his power, Deval late last week asked the MA legislature to expand his emergency powers to cut spending to include state agencies and offices beyond the executive branch. Of course, this expansion of power would be temporary..ending when Deval Patrick's term ends this January.


    One has to wonder what our esteemed governor is up to with this request. One has to wonder, because Deval is rarely up front with his constituency. In fact over the last couple of years, the only time we've really seen signs of his leadership is when he is wearing a MEMA vest.


    Does Patrick feel as though there is some economic emergency on the near horizon? Is this a political ploy? Does he want to make some kind of statement before he leaves office? Exactly what does Governor Patrick plan to do with these expanded powers.


    The Massachusetts legislature is rightly asking many of these same questions...and in the end, my guess is that they are unlikely to grant an expansion of power to a Governor they already have a strained relationship with.


    My guess is that Patrick would like to make some major spending cuts to position himself in the national political arena. If that is the case, then sorry Governor...you had the chance to do that before yet another bloated MA budget passed. Instead you used your veto power to make insignificant, token cuts amounting to less than 1 percent.


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    Re: One Last Power Grab by Deval

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    In what will probably be the last attempt at expanding his power, Deval late last week asked the MA legislature to expand his emergency powers to cut spending to include state agencies and offices beyond the executive branch. Of course, this expansion of power would be temporary..ending when Deval Patrick's term ends this January.

     

    One has to wonder what our esteemed governor is up to with this request. One has to wonder, because Deval is rarely up front with his constituency. In fact over the last couple of years, the only time we've really seen signs of his leadership is when he is wearing a MEMA vest.

     

    Does Patrick feel as though there is some economic emergency on the near horizon? Is this a political ploy? Does he want to make some kind of statement before he leaves office? Exactly what does Governor Patrick plan to do with these expanded powers.

     

    The Massachusetts legislature is rightly asking many of these same questions...and in the end, my guess is that they are unlikely to grant an expansion of power to a Governor they already have a strained relationship with.

     

    My guess is that Patrick would like to make some major spending cuts to position himself in the national political arena. If that is the case, then sorry Governor...you had the chance to do that before yet another bloated MA budget passed. Instead you used your veto power to make insignificant, token cuts amounting to less than 1 percent.

     

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    [/QUOTE]BINGO, MISCRICKET........  Keep your eye on DEVAL as the "BIG O" will be sendig about 5000 +- "walk-ons to MASSACHUSETTS over the next 30 days !!!


     
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    I am not as cynical regarding this slight power expansion by Deval. 

    As the article below states Patrick has done this two other times...fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2013. This is his third time around this rodeo.

    If he gets it...the vote is July 31st...the agencies involved will not necessarily be touched. 

    It would not apply to the judiciary or legislature, but it would to constitutional officers, such as the Attorney General, state Treasurer, Secretary of State and state Auditor; independent agencies,

    such as the Inspector General’s office; and the district attorneys and sheriffs, all of whom received pay bumps — DAs at 15 percent, sheriffs at 23 percent — under the legislature’s approved fiscal year 2015 budget.

    So many posters on this board scream that public sector workers are taking our country down, yet when the Governor asks for some quick wiggle room just in case AFTER passing a generous budget all some can see is political ambition. Maybe, perhaps it is just good administration?

     

     

    Patrick asks lawmakers for power to cut AG, DAs, other budgets


    Friday, July 11, 2014 


    Gov. Deval Patrick is asking lawmakers to give him added power to make cuts at executive agencies not currently under his budgetary control, including the attorney general’s office and the state’s district attorneys, if “unforeseen developments” force changes from now through end of 2014.

    The proposal was made as part of a supplemental budget Patrick filed today upon signing the new $36.5 billion fiscal year budget into law, which lays out spending from now through July 1, 2015.

    Patrick’s Administration and Finance Secretary Glen Shor defended the request as a “modest expansion” of the governor’s power to reduce spending in executive offices that currently don’t report to him.

    It would not apply to the judiciary or legislature, but it would to constitutional officers, such as the Attorney General, state Treasurer, Secretary of State and state Auditor; independent agencies,

    such as the Inspector General’s office; and the district attorneys and sheriffs, all of whom received pay bumps — DAs at 15 percent, sheriffs at 23 percent — under the legislature’s approved fiscal year 2015 budget.

    Shor said the Patrick administration supports the pay increases, but wants legislators to also approve a study of the pay of assistant district attorneys and public defenders, which Patrick has “concerns” is too low.

    “Nothing is being targeted right now,” Shor said. “We’re seeking an additional budget tool that would allow us to effectively manage the budget over the course of the fiscal year.”

    Shor said the added power, if approved, would expire at the end of December, shortly before Patrick’s eighth and final term in office ends.

    Pressed on why such a measure is needed during a time when the state’s tax revenues have steadily been above benchmark, Shor said it would give the governor the ability to “act nimbly and quickly” to clear room in the budget when unexpected measures hit, citing the state’s opioid crisis as a recent example.

    He noted the governor did perform emergency reductions in the wake of the 2008 fiscal crisis and again in fiscal year 2013.

    “Changes in revenues do not define the universe of things that could come up,” he said. “We’re not presuming any needs at this point.”

    Any increase in spending would still need to be approved by lawmakers.

    The measure is a piece of the $42 million supplemental budget, $32 million of which goes toward covering snow removal costs for last winter.

    The proposal now goes to legislators, who will have to vote on it before the end of the legislative session on July 31.

    In signing his final budget, Patrick also vetoed $16.1 million in spending, as well the legislature’s proposal to eliminate a year-old law designed to make the MBTA retirement fund subject to public records law and instead, replace it with a compromise version requiring beefed-up annual reports.

    The fund, which has long contended it is private, has been the subject of years-long controversy around its refusal to release key details of its operations, investments and spending. The Secretary of State has since ruled that despite the new law passed last July, the fund doesn’t have to meet certain records request filed by media outlets. The new law would require fuller disclosure.

    “What the budget does is change law that was put in place only recently,” Patrick said at a press conference announcing the budget. “There are questions being raised about whether the existing law is sustainable. ... We think it is.”

    Patrick added that repealing the current law would be a “step back” in transparency.

     

     

     


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    My guess is that Patrick would like to make some major spending cuts to position himself in the national political arena. If that is the case, then sorry Governor...you had the chance to do that before yet another bloated MA budget passed. Instead you used your veto power to make insignificant, token cuts amounting to less than 1 percent.

     

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    Probably. Cuts that he suspects will be undone with supplementary budgets later on, so he can take credit for the cut and dodge blame for the waffle.

     

     

     

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    Yep..that is pretty much what I was thinking. I am sure the legislature is thinking the same thing. Absent a fiscal emergency ...there is no reasonable reason to grant his request.

     
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    "Yep..that is pretty much what I was thinking. I am sure the legislature is thinking the same thing. Absent a fiscal emergency ...there is no reasonable reason to grant his request."

    And absent a fiscal emergency Patrick's office has said he will not use this power.

    However, if we develop a fiscal emergency this power allows him to respond much faster then if he did not have it.

     
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    Maybe the extra power extends beyond his term and is a legacy.  Certainly seems fair that all state agencies be subject to cuts in times of economic emergencies.

     
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    Maybe the extra power extends beyond his term and is a legacy.  Certainly seems fair that all state agencies be subject to cuts in times of economic emergencies.

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    That's just it...the extra power does not extend beyond his term. He is only asking for it to be in effect for the remainder of his term. It would expire when he leaves office.

    I don't have an issue with wanting to cut spending. My point is he already had the opportunity to do so during the budget process. The governor already has emergency budget cutting powers for the exec branch. I am confident out state legislature can handle any cuts in a potential fiscal emergency. There is no valid reason to concentrate that power to one individual.

     

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