Governor Deval Patrick signed the $30.6 billion budget. The budget according to the Boston Herald, also finally eliminated the Quinn bill altogether after a number of years of cuts. In the past few years there was a nominal amount included in the budget to assure that it would stay in the budget.
The cuts come at the expense of the cities and towns who now have t shoulder the load. Historically I wonder if lowering the salary of a given position resulted in higher, or lower quality of candidates for the position? What money the state will save in salary now, the cities and towns will likely lose in the future in the form of lawsuits resulting from the lower quality of work lesser candidates will produce. It is unfortunate, given the massive task and responsibilities we place on new police officers that the state isn’t willing to pay them the value we ask them to produce at.
Attorney Ronald A. Sellon