Charles Baker, Republican candidate for Governor in Massachusetts recently announced that he supports police officers efforts to retain educational benefits.
“I think we should fund Quinn,” Baker told reporters at a Statehouse press conference. “I do believe educational incentives for police officers is a good idea.” Baker stated that he believes the Quinn Bill should be fully funded at $50 million. The program is currently funded at $10 million and proposed budgets by Governor Patrick and the House of Representatives look to slash that in half.
Baker reasoned that cutting the funding pushes much of the cost burden onto cities and towns. Many municipalities have contract provisions that require them to make up the difference should the state cut funding as it did earlier this year.
Baker also voiced his support for police details and criticized the recent steps made to implement civilian flaggers. “We’re paying more for civilian flaggers now than we pay for police officers,” Baker said. “Maybe it was a good idea as originally conceived but the way it has been implemented certainly hasn’t worked for the taxpayers.”
In Boston recently, flaggers on nine projects in the city submitted hourly rates averaging $45.82, with some bids exceeding $60 an hour. Boston police earn between $33 and $37 per hour and provide the added benefit of extra officers on the street. http://policelegal.com/2010/04/08/flaggers-costing-more-than-police-details/
-Attorney John J. MacLaughlan