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$$ = Millions in estimated Tax Savings
$ = Thousands in estimated Tax Savings
$$ Cancel the Culture Club
More than 540 state government departments and agencies together consume close to $1 Billion/week. Virtutally every government agency is bigger and fatter than it needs to be, while many aren’t needed at all. Case in point: the “Mass Cultural Council“, which spends more than $9 milllion a year on local pork projects.
$$ Eliminate Wasteful Duplication
Massachusetts taxpayers will fork over $9,000,000 this year for a redundant government bureau to chase backyard moose, investigate roadkill and bust ATV and snow mobile scofflaws, all of which are handled already by existing police agencies.
$$ Probation Dept Reform Now
Hundreds of milllions of dollars can be saved for the taxpayers of Massachusetts with just a few commonsense reforms at the Probation Dept, report finds.
Probation Dept. Flaws Prove Costly
$ Stop Paying Pensions to Convicted Thieves
John R. Buonomo, the former registrar of probate for Middlesex County who was caught on carmera stealing public funds, may be serving time behind bars, but he can still count on his pension check arriving on time every month.
Convicted Thief to Keep Pension
$$ Cut out ‘Eye-popping’ Salaries at Quasi-public Agencies
Taxpayers will save millions over the next ten years when the sales tax is reduced to 3% and the politicians are finally forced to cut absurdly bloated salaries, including 76 employees who are paid more than the governor.
DeLeo Stalls as agencies’ pay skyrockets
$ Put an End to ’Party’ Politics
Party-hearty Beacon Hill lawmakers are chipping in taxpayer dough to an old Kentucky hoedown where they will schmooze with lobbyists, play the ponies, swill bourbon on Churchill Downs’ “Millionaires Row” and enjoy a private serenade by Wynonna Judd and Loretta Lynn.
Hacks Bluegrassing on Taxpayers’ Green
$$ Stand up to bullying government unions
Tell the Boston firefighters union that if they insist on blackmailing citizens by refusing safety measures without extra pay, then maybe we should not only refuse their demands but replace them with workers willing to work for market wages. That would mean lowering their pay AND ending their cushy retirement packages.
City Council must stop indefensible firefighter raise
$ Pay for Pork Projects using Private donations
The amount of taxpayer money being funneled to a Dorchester shrine to the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has ballooned to $38 million and could rise to at least $68 million this year, infuriating watchdog groups who insist the project should be privately funded.
Temple for Ted Kennedy built with pork
$$ Cap spending on government employee health benefits
Even as taxpayers are being forced to pay higher and higher health insurance premiums, government employees continue to be spoiled with huge annual spending hikes to cover their families’ rising health expenses. Taxpayers will save millions of dollars a year when we cut the sales tax to 3% and start requiring government servants to pay their fair share.
Budget has $20m hike for health care
$$ Government employee pay hits record highs
Want to know the real reason Washington and Beacon Hill will fight tooth-and-nail to convince you to vote against a sales tax roll back for your family? Follow the money.If you live in Salem, follow it to one of the 45 city employees earning $100,000 a year or more – up from 34 just two years ago. The median household income in Salem is less than $60,000.
Money Talks as Anger Grows
$$ Banish Bogus Disability Pensions
Massachusetts taxpayers will get back plenty when state and local officials are finally forced to stop forking over millions in questionable disability pensions.
Taxpayers Forced to Overpay for government employee disability pensions
$$$ Put an End to Posh Perks, sell off surplus state land; stop threatening taxpayers
Massachusetts taxpayers will receive huge breaks when voters this fall force the legislature to auction off unnecessary and expensive real estate holdings that are currently being misused as sweet perks for state workers.
State Workers get Sweet Deals on Posh rental Properties
$$ Cutback state employee buybacks
The Boston Herald has exposed nine more six-figure payouts to retiring state employees, with the top recipient receiving a whopping $151,000.
State workers splurge on $41 million buyback binge
$$$ Eagan: Derail the Gravy Train!
You know the age-old excuse around here. Taxpayers have to pay and pay for ridiculous pensions and Cadillac health benefits to government workers – legislators, city councilors, court clerks, PR flaks, highway workers, janitors, etc. – to lure talented people from the private sector, where they’d make higher salaries. Not true! The jig is up! The scam revealed…
$$ Wipe out waste and overspending in schooling
“Ed reform” in Massachusetts has scammed taxpayers out of billions of dollars since its passage in 1993, an independent state audit revealing massive cost overruns and poor oversight has shown. Now the teachers unions are salivating anew as Beacon Hill prepares to dump yet another $250 million into the state’s chronically failing urban schools. When will the politicians learn that pouring more good money onto the problem of badly managed schooling never solves the problem? Stopping this latest wasteful “ed reform” expenditure will save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
Dramatic shake-up planned at 12 city Schools
$$ KO outrageous OT abuse
Even as the private sector job market reels from a deep recession, high unemployment and escalating taxes, state government continues to dole out millions in six-figure overtime payouts to state employees. Eliminating overtime waste will save Massachusetts taxpayers tens of millions of dollars over the next 5 years.
Government employees line pockets with OT
$$$ Roll Back Romneycare
As taxpayers across America rise up against Obamacare, Mitt Romney’s original socialized medicine scheme here in MA illustrates the fiscal chaos of government-controlled , government mandated health care. Repealing Romneycare will save taxpayers billions over the next decade alone.
Graham: RomneyCare to cost $900 million next year alone
$$ No more nepotism
Rampant nepotism is costing MA taxpayers millions, as relatives and friends of government officials crowd state and local payrolls. Cutting no-show jobs and banning special favors will save MA taxpayers untold millions annually.
Carr: The Hack Train is Never-ending
$$ Curtail Court System Overspending
Massachusetts courts are notorious for waste and inefficiency. Streamlining the system will save millions annually.
Six-figure Court Clerks of 2009
$$$ Cut back Cadillac Health Coverage for government employees
While health care benefits continue shrinking in the private sector, government employees continue to enjoy Cadillac coverage at taxpayers’ expense. Who is serving whom? Bringing government employee health coverage in line with the private sector will save taxpayers billions over the next decade.
Exploding Municipal Health Care Costs Wrecking Budgets; Unions Won’t Budge
$$$ Cancel Corporate Welfare
Ending Corporate welfare in Massachusetts will save taxpayers billions of dollars over the next 20 years.
Corporate Welfare Recipients Skirt Reporting Rules
$$ Rein in ritzy employee buybacks
Extravagant government-employee buybacks are soaking private-sector workers whose benefits continue to shrink. Ending lucrative government buybacks will save MA taxpayers millions annually.
Gov’t Employees Cash in Millions on Buybacks
$$$ Unload what’s unnecessary
Cutting the waste from state government must begin with the basics. Shutting down unnecessary and/or harmful government programs and selling off unused and unneeded assets and real estate could recoup billions for taxpayers over the next five years.
State Spends Millions On Empty Parking Spaces
$ They just don’t get it!
As the great Jerry Williams used to say, “They just don’t get it!” The very same people who voted recently to raise taxes on struggling Massachusetts workers; the very same people who voted recently to drive more good jobs out of the state, refuse to share in the pain that they themselves created.
Pols Refuse to take Furloughs
$$$ End budget-shattering highway boondoggles
Government road and highway construction projects are notorious for wrapping up months and even years late and coming in millions and even billions over budget. Introducing commonsense, independent oversight of government-funded road and highway projects will identify and save taxpayers billions over the next two to three decades.
Many Highway Projects Millions Over Budget
$ Stop padding legislative pensions
Legislators fudge their salaries to pad their pensions. (Try doing this where you work!)
WBZ I-Team Follows Up On State Pension Loophole
$$ Nix six-figure government pensions
Imagine getting a six-figure pension for mostly part-time work. That is just one perk in our state pension system that is costing you millions of dollars.
State Pension System Costing You Millions
$$ Homeland Security, or Highway Robbery?
Local sheriffs and state pols misuse millions in “homeland security” funds to expand their power.
I-Team Investigates Mass. Sheriff’s Spending
State officials misappropriate millions for unnecessary ‘security’ equipment
$ Stop misusing toll money
When you pay a highway toll in Massachusetts, you might assume every penny is used to pay for road upkeep, or at least to help pay off the Big Dig. If so, you assume wrong.
Toll Money Given to Charities, Pol Events
$$ No more no-show government jobs
Another high-paid state employee is caught working half-days at full-day pay. Eliminate wasteful, no-show positions throughout the state and local bueaucracies and save millions.
Court Employees Scam Taxpayers
$ Junk the junkets
Training seminars or tax-paid junckets? End questionable out-of-state expenditures and save hundreds of thousands of tax dollars over the next decade.
Corrections Dept. conferences Cost Taxpayers Millions
Massachusetts Port Authority Payroll
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