Thursday, July 31, 2003
Fiscal Crisis? Humbug! Romney Readies Raises

Despite Eric “the Good Eric” Kriss’s persistent claim that this is the worst fiscal period since Fabian Gaffke patrolled Fenway for the Crimson Hose (source: Boston Globe, 12/5/2002. Full disclosure, Gaffke is our reference. Kriss reads Inc. mag, not SI) Team Reform last week quietly handed out raises to 2,700 favored state managers (source: Boston Globe, 7/31/2003)

Now how, you may ask, can anyone ‘quietly’ hand out 2,700 raises which could, according to some estimates, total $3.5M? (source: Boston Globe, 7/31/2003) Easy, you do it on a Friday, when the feds are mailing out $400 tax rebates, and you are going on vacation.

And they say Romney hasn’t mastered the Beacon Hill thing.

Not that everyone is up for a raise. No one in the judiciary or the legislature will share the booty. Not that they need it. Some Senate aides reportedly earn upwards of $100 a week! (source: Boston Globe, 7/30/2003)

And no one from the (fraud) Governor’s office will get the raise. Which means that Romney’s loathsome $150,000-a-year spokesman will remain Romney’s loathsome $150,000-a-year spokesman.

Or will he? And aide to said spokesman said Romney’s office staff had not been working long enough to get ‘the additional 2 percent.’ But she didn’t say anything about the 2.7 percent cost-of-living increase that managers received on July 1. (source: Boston Globe, 7/31/2003)

Hmmm, could a title-upgrade be in the offering? Nah. $154,050-a-year spokesman has no rhythm.

We now return you to the regularly scheduled fiscal crisis.


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