As to back story, the Father in a case I had is an honorably discharged veteran who was the veteran of the year in the state where he now lives. That was the year after Massachusetts terminated his parental rights to his first born child despite a stiff fight on his behalf.
He is happily married and raising two other children – with the same mother. But Massachusetts took one – Dad and Mom “got out of dodge” when she was pregnant again. They shook the dust of this state off their feet and left, forever.
I wish I could tell you that things are getting better for the working poor in this state then they were for this hard working father – but it would not be true if I did tell you that.
The name of the game here is “Not MY line item” !
So many mean-spirited, short sighted cuts will cost more later – among those short-sighted, mean-spirited cuts are the elimination of Guardian Ad Litems for Education by the Administrative Office of the Trial Courts with no prior notice on 11/14/08.
Another example of a cut that will have a cascade of costs downstream is the decision to eliminate 100 case managers by DMH, dropping services or reshuffling 3000 clients and increasing case loads by 50%. You may recall my posts on these:
Governor Patrick gave an excellent speech. Where is the compassion in these cuts? Who will the legal orphans “lean” on?????
If you don’t vote, and have no money, cutting you off at the knees appears not to count.