Open seats offer an opportunity to provide more competition and therefore (hopefully) more reform on Beacon Hill
The Boston Globe offered this editorial on the opportunity voters have this Tuesday to elect more Republicans and bring more balance to the State House: "Having more Republicans in the Legislature will make Democrats more responsive, and diminish the power of Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray, whose stranglehold on legislation can frustrate the best intentions of any governor."
Last Sunday's Boston Globe offered this thorough report on State Rep. Thomas Petrolati who seems to have gone above and beyond when it came to padding his campaign and personal coffers by offering (or threatening to withhold) jobs at the Probation Department.
"Petrolati’s career also offers a glimpse into the nature of power on Beacon Hill, where key legislators can translate control over government budgets into favors for friends, family, and even themselves. Probation Commissioner John J. O’Brien, for years until he was suspended from his job last May, routinely pressured local hiring committees to give special consideration to Petrolati’s favored job candidates, according to Probation employees directly involved in the department’s hiring process."
The Boston Globe calls for politicians to opt out of the public pension system, noting that until they do, they have a literally vested interest in keeping the status quo: "Taxpayers’ share this year is about $1.4 billion, an amount [candidate for State Treasurer Karyn] Polito contends is unsustainable. She believes the state should move toward a 401(k)-like retirement system for future workers, similar to the system used by most private companies. Elected officials should lead the way by moving themselves in such an alternative system."
Yesterday's Boston Globe editorial page railed against the sweetheart deal given to the executive director of the Massachusetts Health & Educational Faciliities Authority: "