I thought it was worth calling attention to Senator Baddour’s comment on this thread regarding the donated cars program. Before getting into it, I do want to thank Senator Baddour for stopping by here.
Here’s the Senator:
As all of you are aware, we are facing an unprecedented economic crisis. The DTA program being discussed on this thread is one which I generally do support, and one which has been successful for many people. However, in times like these, even those who are receiving assistance from the government need to make sacrifices. We simply cannot afford the extras in the economic climate we are in.
by: Steve Baddour @ Mon May 18, 2009 at 16:26:15 PM EDT
Here is Senator Baddour’s amendment, which eliminates the program but does not reduce DTA’s budget. I confess I don’t understand how that amendment will save the state any money. To the contrary, it seems destined to cost the state money, since as we’ve seen, the car program has an impressive success rate in getting people off of welfare. If the funds are routed to another program with a lower success rate, it’s a big ol’ fail. Or we could take Senator Brown’s approach of eliminating the program and the funding, which would have the salutary effect of keeping people on welfare by preventing them from taking a job. Your GOP at work.
Anyway, here’s Peter Porcupine’s response to Senator Baddour:
Let’s All Pitch In!
Senator – In addition to your amendment to eliminate per diems, I look forward to you other amendment eliminating the pre-tax transit pass so popular with House and Senate staff, and the TAP (Transportation Access Program) which provides reduced fare MBTA access to the handicapped and indigent on train lines.
After all, we wouldn’t want to target just the RURAL poor!
Yr. Obedient Servant, Peter Porcupine, Republican
Ouch. And therein lies the risk of letting sensationalistic articles in the Herald dictate policy.
As for Senator Brown, we look forward to his defense of adding an earmark routing $175,000 of new spending to the town of Norfolk, coincidentally located in his district. We also note a distinct lack of Brown-sponsored amendments proposing to scale back per diems or address the other reforms noted by Mr. Porcupine.