Governor Patrick Defends Raises For DOT Managers

BOSTON (CBS) – Governor Patrick is defending some controversial raises for managers at the Department of Transportation.

A total of 17 managers have received raises, at an average 9-percent.

Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan said their salaries rose as they took different positions or added responsibilities.

WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias reports

Mullan says the raises are more than offset by more than $250,000 in salary savings from firings and resignations. And he points out the recent merger of several transportation agencies has saved the state $100 million.

When confronted by reporters, Governor Patrick was reluctant to speak on the matter saying, “There is no controversy.”

He followed up by asking one of them, “Are you a reporter? If you were asked to be a camera person and a producer, you’d expect to be paid more too. We’ve saved $100 million.”

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports

But Andrew Bagley of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says the timing is bad.

“I think it’s hard to justify given what’s going on in the private sector and state agencies where everybody’s picking up more responsibilities,” said Bagley.

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  1. Italo says:

    Governor “JDGI” — Just Doesn’t Get It.

    1. Gary Goldberg says:

      As a Federal Employee, all Federal Employees had their salaries frozen for 2 years by President Obama as of Jan 1, 2011. Why is the Governor not following the example of the President of the U.S.?

      1. reader2010 says:

        ….because most state employees have not had raises in over 4 years. The majority of state workers do not make over $100K….but no one ever considers or hears about that….

      2. Paul Gigliotti says:

        Not ALL Federal Employees had their pay frozen, the military was exempt. As in all cases there are exemptions.

  2. emom says:

    HEY GOVERNOR , I so hope you can look yourself in the mirror every day and night,,,, I hope you can put you r head on a pillow and sleep well ,,,, I hope you enjoy your breakfast, lunch and dinner,,, by the way HOW ‘S THAT NICE RIDE OF YOURS,, enjoy your heat and a/c…. watching the news or a great funny movie…don’t forget the popcorn,,,,, or should I say,,,, HEALTHY SNACKS……….. YEAH enjoy all your perks you have,,, because you just took them away from all those you laid off…. Are you satisfied with that ,,, great more unemployed to add to the over taxed budget… HEY WHAT HAPPENED TO CREATING JOBS FOR PEOIPLE , was this in your plan to let people go, all to give others yet another RAISE IN PAY………. TO PEOPLE THAT PROBALY DON’T DO NOTHING, PROBABLY DON’T DESERVE IT ,,,,,, YEAH ,, THAT’S RIGHT TAKE FOOD FROM BABIES AND OTHERS,,, PUT FOLKS OUT OF WORK, ALL TO GIVE TO YOUR BUDDIES ON THE HILL A RAISE.. … TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, THAT’S ALL YOU DO ,, IS TAKE MONEY FROM US AND THEN PULL THE RUG RIGHT OUT FROM UNDER FOLKS…. YEAH SUCH A WONDERFUL THING YOU ARE DOING,….. GO FIND THAT 6 FOOT TALL MIRROR,,,,,,STAND IN FRONT OF IT AND RESIGHT THIS…………….I AM PROUD TO TAKE MONEY , FOOD, HOUSING AND HEALTHCARE FROM FAMILIES , BABIES , CHILDREN AND SENIORS…. THEN LOOK AT ANY ONE IN YOUR FAMILY AND ASK YOURSELF WHAT IF IT HAPPENED TO THEM.. HOW WOULD YOU FEEL…………………………….. HAPPY ………………………………OR DOWN RIGHT TICKED OFF, MAD, ANGRY , BITTER AND P*SSED OFF……HHHMMMMM think about it …………………..

  3. redneck says:

    i agree emon : so you want votes next term???? LOL………GOOD LUCK!!!
    NOT MINE……

  4. emom says:

    YEAH THATS RIGHT THE HELL WITH ANOTHER 4 YEARS OF THIS GUY… HE HAS DONE ABSOLUTLY NOTHING TO HELP EVEN ONE FAMILY OR PERSON IN THIS STATE,,,,, He makes us .pay frivolous taxes,,,,,, meal taxes at the supermarket,,,,, yeah like that’s a good think even for the stores……he has taken millions from senior serves, yeah so now they cant either pay for their heat in the winter, buy food, or worse buy their meds.,,……. OH I SEE,,, THIS IS A PLOY TO DO AWAY WITH THE SICK , ELDERY AND THE POOR……. Those that worked their life away to put you in that swanky nice office on the hill,. Along with that wonderful salary, nice ride,, curtains, your wife’s 2 assistance,,,,,, yeah like she was the only one in this state depressed and stressed,,,,,, yeah I don’t even plan on voting for this guy.. For that matter I DIDN’T VOTE HIM IN EITHER TIME,,,,,,,,TALK ABOUT GETTING THE SCR*WS TURNED ON YOUR……..HOW MUCH MORE SHALL HE TAKE BEFORE THE FOLKS FINALLY SEE HIM FOR WHAT HE IS ,,,,,,,,A THIEF. I am broke,,,, cant get ahead and this is the reason why …… I might as well live on the streets at least I can get a descent meal at the soup kitchens,,, oh wait forget that,,,,, he will soon take and close all them since they don’t matter either,,,,,,,
    Hey MEMORIAL DAY IS COMING UP ,,,,,,,,do you think he will REMEMBER, the suffering he has caused the folks of this ONCE FINE STATE,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I seriously doubt he even cares,,, the next time you see that face,, remember the smile on his face,,, cause that’s the same look he has when ever anyone asks him why on any question,,,,,, a smile,,,,,,,,WHAT A JOKE

  5. BLACKBEAR1 says:

    THE GOV. HAS A GREAT ABILITY TO INFLAME OR OUTRAGE THE GENERAL PUBLICK. I WILL STILL NEVER FORGET HIS INITIAL REACTION TO THE POLICE OFFICER SLAIN BY CAREER CRIMINAL SET FREE BY THE PAROLE BOARD. YES HE DID FORCE THEM OUT, BUT HIS FIRST REACTION WAS “WHY ARE WE SO CONCERNED ABOUT RECRIMMINATIONS”. PEOPLE WERE OUTRAGED BY THAT INCIDENT AND HE DISPLAYED A CALLOUS DISREGARD. THIS IS PARALLEL. DOES NOT CARE! HE KNOWS BETTER THAN US AND WILL JAM HIS AGENDA DOWN OUR THROATS..

  6. hackwannabe says:

    Mr Patrick, the Private Sector has been requiring people to do 2 or 3 jobs or even more for the past 6 years!
    Where have you been?
    And they are not making $100,000.00 / year!
    These people really do not earn that kind of compensation, They sit around most of the day, bang out early or “work from home” on fridays.

    The issue is why get rid of someone just to give the money to someone else? You could have saved more!

    The PENSION FUND is an UnFunded Liability of $20,000,000,000.00!
    Where are you going to make that up? With the sales tax on every book you sell?

  7. yojoe says:

    This is the Governors second and last term as Governor.

    We were warned by a commentor that we havent seen nothing yet if this Governor gets re-elected and guess what, we didnt pay attention to the commentator and now we are seeing just how arrogant this Governor is,

  8. HowesAl says:

    As Usual the governor and his flunky have it backwards. In the “Private Sector’ keeping your job while others are being cut is reward enough. You get a raise After you’ve proved you can co the extra work. So, 3 months down the road and the workload is too much and you’re falling behind. What happens? Not to worry, the Governor will hire another political connection, give a good salary – AND you won’t lose your raise!! Awesome job security and pension and raises for no Good reason.

  9. jzsmith1965 says:

    thank you gov patrick for showing us clueless taxpayers that we are idiots

  10. taxedout says:

    You voted him in again. He thinks yiou people Love him and I guess you do!!

  11. Paul Gigliotti says:

    I didn’t realize that your reporters are do double work, they report and editorialize at the same time. When I watched the WBZ news on Friday night about the pay raise story and i was disappointed. I thought a reporters job was to report the news not add their personal opinion. The reporter kept talking about how no one in the private sector is getting raises. Does the reporter have proof of that? Does he have access to all private pay rolls? Funny, I remember quite a few stories about big executives getting pay raises in banks and investment firms even when their firms don’t do well.
    I remember there was a time when news stations did editorials but they labeled them as such. The reporters condescending attitude was really bad.

  12. Joan Hogan says:

    Governor Patrick .. Is for the Rich and forget about any citizens who are disabled, poor, or Middle class. The Governor states the Budget needs to be cut, well he obviously has his favorites, and its not the average citizen. You should be ashamed of yourself. You have lost the Respect of many Citizens of The commonwealth. You are trying to take away the ” Ride” from the Disabled, you tell your employees at the Paratransit program To disqualify persons who are disabled like my son, eventhough he has a permanent disability. You are Violating Federal Chapter 504 ,maybe you forgot your law knowledge, after all it tiook you 3 times to pass the BAR EXAM.

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