The outrageous legislative pay and perk package passed in January did away with "per diems," the daily drive money formerly doled out to some legislators for each and every trip to Boston. Taxpayers were glad to see them go. The system was rife with abuse.
A recent Fox 25 investigation exposed the last, corrupt gasp of travel account shenanigans. We weren't surprised to see just how little correlation there is between actual attendance and the claims made by the politicos. To see for yourself, click the link below.
Our favorite moment is when state Representative Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham) flees the cameras, leaving his car behind. (3:10 in the video) Is it any surprise Rep. McMurtry has a 0% on our legislative scorecard at www.MassFiscalScorecard.org?
Fox deserves big kudos for their diligence. As usual, legislative leaders claimed they were exempt from the state’s public records laws and tried to fight the investigation with a team of lawyers.
No wonder McMurtry and his friends voted against the opportunity to include the Legislature in public disclosure laws (See that vote here.) Their abuse of taxpayer dollars just doesn't stand up to public scrutiny.
They can run, they can hide, but we'll keep pushing for better, more accountable government on Beacon Hill.
Take a look at the video below.