BOSTON -- Deb Goldberg likes to tout her business experience, but the reality for Massachusetts taxpayers is that she is running parts of the Treasurer's Office into the ground. While she claims deep experience in "management," recent reports show trouble in at least two high-profile areas: the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission and the Unclaimed Property Division.
"Goldberg's testimony did not detail the steps she took to avoid the layoffs. But she pointed to the potential for job cuts as part of her plea with state lawmakers to increase the budget of the commission, which her office controls." (Shira Schoenberg, "Layoffs almost hit watchdog commission for Massachusetts alcohol industry, state treasurer says," Springfield Republican, 2/6/18)
Goldberg's Unclaimed Property Division has been unable to meet the basic expectations it set for itself and is scaling back. "If you have unclaimed property listed with the state treasurer’s office, don’t make plans to spend it – or even get it – any time soon.
"After years of urging people to search the listings and put in a claim for money or property they may have forgotten about or been unaware of that was left by a deceased relative, officials in the office’s Unclaimed Property Division are slowing down the process and ratcheting back the formerly ubiquitous radio ads because the department is overwhelmed with inquiries." (Jack Sullivan, "Find Mass. money – and then wait," CommonWealth Magazine, 2/15/18