The fallout of the McLaughlin scandal continues.
We hear from the Boston Globe that Gov Deval Patrick is proposing six regional housing agencies to replace the 240 separate public housing authorities across the state.
Managers and maintenance workers would remain in each of the communities, but the local boards of commissioners would be eliminated. Decisions and responsibilities would move up to the regional agencies. The residents would see little change.
The agencies would be led by 9 member boards who are appointed by the governor some of which are recommended by the local communities in the region.
Some work needs to be done to clean this up.. as it looks like we would be growing the government by 6 agencies, as well as one central one to oversee them all. These could quickly grow to another large group of employees (manager, purchasers, accountants, auditors, etc).
Growing government is the last thing I want, but history has proven to us that the housing boards of commissioners have proven to be incapable of managing their employees and unaccountable to the taxpayers.
Perhaps some sort of compromise could be made, with an elimination of the boards and yet oversight of the authorities by one agency at the state level (maybe with a regional office in the western part of the state).
This is not the old days of pony express. Communications, money transfers and information management is all instant and easily distributed.
Options exist. I don’t see the need for a new large growing burocracy, but I also agree that what we have doesn’t work to protect the taxpayer.