An issue getting some traction in the western part of the state this week is the RMV audit released by State Auditor Suzanne Bump. This audit alleges that from 2014 to 2016, the RMV issued drivers licenses to 1,905 individuals who were deceased, with most dates of death being prior to 2010.
The RMV responded by saying that exactly zero of these licenses were issued to dead people. Charlie Baker even said it himself: “Everybody on that list is alive, OK? Everybody”.
This is an astounding accusation that crucially needs to be explored. Who is incompetent here? The RMV/Charlie Baker Administration, or Suzanne Bump?
To be honest, I dislike Bump’s style. I appreciate that the auditor must prove that they are doing their job, but her press releases have a style that fan the flames of distrust in government in a way that resembles conservative demagoguery.
But on the other hand, is it really true that there are 1,905 people in this state who have received drivers licenses by impersonating the deceased? If that is true, then we have a pretty big problem, don’t we? I can understand that it may be impractical for the state to know immediately when someone dies, and may send out a welfare check or two to their address. But requesting a drivers license is an affirmative action, isn’t it? It seems like this would indicate pure fraud.
So who is right here? Baker or Bump? One of the two of them needs to have some significant egg on their face here.