I get Google Alerts for news stories about Deval Patrick, which is a nifty way to get stories from around the state like this:
“We can all cite statistics, but it all comes down to if an individual can feel safe in their home,” Mayor Edward M. Lambert said. “Deval Patrick is promising 1,000 more officers on the streets, and that is exactly what is needed.”
Both Lambert and Police Chief John M. Souza voiced their contempt at funding cuts by Gov. Mitt Romney’s administration.
Souza said the $1.2 million in cuts led to the elimination of 28 Fall River police officers. While 22 of those positions have been refilled, Lambert noted it has taken a property tax increase of 42 percent during the last four years to raise the money for those positions.
Well, here’s another data point for the record of the Romney/Healey administration: Fewer cops, higher property taxes. How’s that working out for you?
This bolsters my sense that budget volatility in general has a much worse effect than income taxes on the actual quality of life in Massachusetts. It’s all fine and well to promise tax cuts, but are you willing to take responsibility for the consequences of the accompanying budget cuts? I think Healey’s finding that’s a tough row to hoe.