I hope that if new Auditor Diana DiZoglio does get to audit the legislature, she’s going to take an extended exhausting have a look at the proliferation of phony-baloney jobs in “management,” and the massive payoffs that include the absurdly inflated titles.
It’s not as out-of-control as what’s been happening on the College of Massachusetts. However then, there are solely 200 solons who have to be paid off on Beacon Hill.
Base pay now for legislators is $73,655 (plus the journey allowances of $15,000–20,0000). However solely essentially the most hopeless lames (even by state-rep requirements) subsist on the minimal.
Nearly each hack is getting bonus cash for his or her “management,” even Republicans. As an illustration, Rep. Brad Jones, the chief of the ever-dwindling GOP minority, made $85,212.64 further final yr on high of his then-base pay of $70,537.22.
Then there’s the Home Speaker, Ron Mariano, age 76. His “bonus” can be $109,163 this yr, up from $90,893 final yr. Plus the journey dough. For positive, Mistah Speakah is staying forward of Biden’s disastrous inflation.
There’s quite a bit for DiZoglio to dig into right here, past these non-disclosure agreements she’s obsessive about. Management used to imply you had been actually a “chief” of types. These days are lengthy gone.
On Friday, I referred to as Mariano on his cellular phone to speak about his management “staff,” which carries a a lot bigger roster than the New England Patriots do.
On Mariano’s staff, I depend 10 members of “management,” 22 chairs and vice chairs of “Home Solely” committees and one other 62 chairs and vice chairs from “Joint Standing Committees,” which means additionally they have Senate chairs and vice chairs.
Which means nearly 100 of the 130 or so Home Democrats are getting bonus “stipends” for his or her roles in “management.” And don’t neglect the GOP payroll patriots.
I requested Mariano in regards to the speaker professional tempore, a job whose duties I’ve by no means fairly understood.
Who’s the speaker professional tempore? I requested him.
He contemplated for a second earlier than replying.
“All that is public info.”
Truly I had already appeared it up. It’s somebody named Kate Hogan, age 66, of Stow. I wouldn’t have requested her title besides that after I first inquired in regards to the duties of the august place, Mariano had began mentioning what “he” did. And positive sufficient, after I requested, Mariano couldn’t give you the title of his extinguished, er distinguished deputy.
However Hogan is eminently certified for her further $68,226 (up from $56,808 final yr) as speaker professional tempore. She’s a member of not less than three protected courses — feminine, lesbian and geriatric.
Hogan’s biography on the legislature’s net web page informs us that she is, amongst different issues, a tireless advocate who shepherds landmark laws and proudly facilitates alternatives.
“She believes her job is to create consensus, construct alliances and work in direction of options.”
A deep thinker in different phrases. However then, she went to UMass within the pre-BORG era.
The bulk chief is Mike Moran of Brighton. I first met him when he was a Metropolis Corridor payroll patriot, accumulating signatures for Dapper O’Neil within the Roche Bros. parking zone on Heart Avenue. He will get an additional $81,872 a yr.
The Methods and Means chairman is Aaron Michlewitz, who was deeply saddened when his first godfather on the State Home, Speaker Sal DiMasi, was lugged by the feds on an extortion rap. Michlewitz now runs Methods and Means for an extra $88,694 (up from $73,850 final yr).
Bear in mind, all this money is on high of their base pay of $73,655, plus the journey allowances.
Then you have got the 4 “division leaders” whose duties are even much less arduous than the speaker professional tempore’s. They embody Rep. Paul Donato, age 81, and Rep. Ruth Balser, age 74. They get an additional $40,936 (up from $34,085). That’ll purchase the wrinkly division leaders numerous early-bird specials.
After which you have got these 40-plus committees, with the chairs (most of them getting an additional $20,468) and vice chairs ($7,095).
Within the outdated days, solely a handful of chairmen received bonus pay, and there weren’t any rattling vice chairmen.
However audio system at all times needed to fear in regards to the subsequent palace rebellion towards them, as a result of the rank-and-file knew that they had no upward mobility. However should you threw ‘em a nickel or a dime…
As Sen. Alan Sisitsky as soon as noticed, “Most of those guys, you should buy ‘em with a water cooler.”
The speaker referred to as Felon Finneran put Sisitsky’s concept into apply. He managed the purse strings, and he properly knew that few of those hacks, then or now, had ever labored an trustworthy day of their lives. There’s no method they might ever danger their “stipends.”
Everybody grew to become a chair, or one thing. Legislative revolts ended. Everybody will get a meaningless title, and some grand further. The speaker’s management is absolute. Money, it seems, is far more efficient than a water cooler.
Any new committees this yr, Mr. Speaker?
“I believe agriculture,” he stated.
When you begin creating new committees — and the pay raises that include them — the place do you cease? The International Warming Committee — absolutely we’d like a International Cooling Committee as properly. If we will need to have a Racial Fairness, Civil Rights and Inclusion Committee — how a couple of Transgender Fairness Committee too?
Mariano gave the impression to be rising uninterested in my questions, however I requested him anyway: Do we’d like all these foolish committees that solely exist to maintain hacks in line?
“All of it will depend on whether or not you care in regards to the problem or not,” he stated. “You possibly can make the argument we don’t want them, or that we’d like much more, should you’re within the topic.” He paused for a second. “You recognize, I do know what you’re going to do with all this. I might write this column for you.”
Effectively, Mr. Speaker, how am I doing?
I requested him one remaining query. What does he assume Diana DiZoglio is attempting to do with this audit proposal of hers?
“I don’t know what she’s in search of, to be trustworthy with you,” he stated.
I believe I do. You recognize, she might write this column quicker than both of us.
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