… as does would-have-been Development Chief State Rep. Dan Bosley. David Bernstein scoops thusly … [Update: not a total scoop — the Herald’s Jay Fitzgerald had some breaks in this story this past weekend. See below.]
According to some state employees, Murray appears to have personally directed $11 million of taxpayer money to a man who had been caught bilking the state before.
That contractor, William MacDougall, was supposed to be boosting international tourism to Massachusetts, a task at which he seems to have failed, according to Commerce Department data that shows a steady loss in the state’s international-tourist market share – and a surprising drop last year – since he received funding.
… Still, the greater mystery to many in the tourism industry is why MacDougall received the budget earmarks in the first place, and why every attempt by the Romney administration to stop the waste was thwarted.
The answer, insiders insist, lies with First Berkshire representative Democrat Daniel Bosley and, more importantly, with Therese Murray. As a top Travaglini lieutenant who plays bad cop to his good cop, Murray controls the state budget as Ways and Means chair – and uses the power of the purse to reward and punish as she pleases, say Beacon Hill observers.
I’m sure we’ll see denials from Murray and Bosley. I’m kind of surprised at the implication of Bosley, who is thought to be a stand-up guy in his district.
Here’s an interesting quote for those who claim there’s just really no extra fat in the state budget:
“If your average taxpayer knew that you can take $11 million, give it to a couple of friends, with no oversight or supervision, and get away with it, they would go crazy,” says one individual who was directly involved in the bidding process for the state grant. “But that’s what happened.”
Just to keep in mind: Is this sour grapes from someone who didn’t get the bid? Maybe. Only Bernstein knows. But he seems to have the goods on this one — correspondence from folks like the MFA and Museum of Science condemning MacDougall. Yikes.
Do the Globe and
Herald jump on this? (Hello! The Herald’s Jay Fitzgerald was all over this. More here, and here. Big Duh for me.) Is there more of this kind of thing in our budget? Can the new wheelin’-and-dealin’ Gov. Patrick do a better job at scouring this kind of thing out of the budget than Romney?