“Did Charlie Baker take a pay cut? Did Charlie Baker take a furlough? Has he asked his management team to do more with less? And yet he’s castigating public employees who have in fact given to help us get through this economic crisis. To me this guy is like Pinocchio. He’s not being honest about his role in the Big Dig, the role of how Harvard Pilgrim recovered and his misstatements continuously are factually incorrect.”…
… During an appearance on the same show last week, Baker encountered a caller named “Erica” who, after identifying herself as a state health and human services employee, asked Baker about where he would cut 5,000 jobs and how that promise factored into his campaign theme of job creation.
Baker said many state agencies were working at “cross-purposes” while serving the same populations and told the caller that “lots” of people in municipal government and the private sector had taken “big reductions” in salaries and wages over the past two years. Then he asked her if she knew anyone in state government who had experienced a reduction. When Erica said she had taken a pay cut, Baker said, “I’m glad you did that. And I think that makes you the exception to the rule based on my understanding of what took place.”
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