BOSTON -- When Democrat politicians hit up taxpayers for a pay hike earlier this year, reports indicated they were complaining about being "overworked," but now it seems they still can't deliver on basic responsibilities. The Commonwealth missed a key deadline for closing the books on the previous fiscal year, and according to the State House News Service, "the Legislature, which has shouldered a relatively light workload in 2017, is once again to blame." It's not even the first time the Legislature has "blown past" deadlines in the year following the pay raise - Democrats also failed to act on marijuana regulations before a key deadline this year.
"Families across Massachusetts certainly don't have the luxury of raising their own pay like the Legislature does - but they are expected to balance their checkbooks, something that Beacon Hill Democrats have completely failed to do," said MassGOP spokesman Terry MacCormack. "Even Sen. Spilka admits that before they cashed in on the taxpayers' dime, Democrats managed to complete this basic responsibility. Apparently, their complaints about being overworked were just convenient justification for a massive pay hike."
Beacon Hill Democrats this week failed to meet a deadline to close the books on the previous fiscal year. "Massachusetts on Tuesday again missed its statutory deadline to file its annual financial report, and the Legislature, which has shouldered a relatively light workload in 2017, is once again to blame." (Michael Norton, "‘Troubling pattern’ cited as Mass. misses financial report deadline," State House News Service, 11/1/17)
Senator Spilka admitted that before the Democrats' pay raise, they managed to meet this obligation. "'In all my time in the legislature, and of course in my years as Ways and Means Chair, we have been able to finish the close-out at least by late October. I am disappointed we could not do that this year.'" (Matt Murphy, "‘House, Senate extend fiscal 2017 mini-budget talks into November," State House News Service, 10/31/17)