Democratic Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is refusing to release parking records of state officials that would show when they arrive for work and when they leave, citing safety concerns, but critics say it’s part of an ongoing battle against public accountability by the Patrick administration.
The Boston Herald reports:
Despite touting transparency — amid a climate of ongoing scandal on Beacon Hill — Gov. Deval Patrick has nixed the release of parking records that could reveal not only officials’ office hours, but also whether lawmakers are honestly claiming their taxpayer-funded travel reimbursements.
Some lawmakers in both parties have decried the stonewalling. Rep. Charley Murphy (D-Burlington) said he doesn’t see why his or anyone else’s work practices need to be shielded.
“I’d have no problem with it. Who would object to that?” Murphy said. “Their default answer is no for any type of public records request.”
“The taxpayers are paying for our use of these specific parking garages,” agreed state Rep. Jim Lyons (R-Andover). “They have a right to know when and how they’re used.”