When asked by Garry what he would cut to make that happen:
In an e-mail Boag wrote that revenue next year is expected to creep up by about $900 million and that Patrick’s budget calls for a $1.6 billion increase next year.
“Part of this increase comes from areas labeled fixed costs,” Boag wrote. “But he (Patrick) has proposed to reduce some of the expected increases, so just how fixed are they?”
Boag said state pensions should be capped at $100,000. He also called for reducing management levels “in most state agencies.” Patrick’s budget calls for shedding 1,100 public employees, “it also calls for hiring 800 for a net reduction of 300,” he said.
Now everyone would agree with the pension cap, but that could not apply to current employees only future ones, and the massive majority of state pensions are actually well under $100,000.00, so I’m not sure of the actual impact that would have.
Reducing management levels is a smart move. Patrick has done a lot of that in the past and is planning more. I would like to see the same at all the “quasi” agencies and authorities as well… not to mention the higher education system.
As we said last week, Garry joined with Republicans last week in fighting a proposal to raise taxes that would affect the border communities most:
Last week, Garry joined several other state representatives in New Hampshire border communities in opposing Patrick’s proposal to hike cigarette taxes another 50 cents, apply the sales tax to candy and non-diet soda and expand the bottle bill.
Taxes are always a good start in an election challenge. Its a tough one for a challenger to use, though, where the incumbent has all the facts and figures at hand.
But continued pension reform and fighting to reduce taxes? I’m all for that.