It’s Bunker Hill Day in Massachusetts and all Suffolk County employees have the day off. I’ll give you two seconds to guess where the State House is located. Work for the state in another county? Don’t feel left out – you get a floater! And don’t forget about Evacuation Day. That’s St. Patrick’s Day for anyone who lives outside of the Commonwealth. The cost to the taxpayers? $5 million. As the state continues to cut programs and aid, these lame excuses for a paid day off for the hacks in state government has come under fire. Last month, a bill to do away with both “holidays” lost by a slim margin, but it appears to be gaining support.
Fueled by public outrage, a movement to repeal two controversial state holidays celebrated only in Suffolk County is gaining steam on Beacon Hill, earning support from one Senate convert who originally voted to save the off days.
“This year when we are having trouble finding two nickels to scrape together, there seem to be so many other programs that are worthwhile,” said Sen. Susan Fargo (D-Lincoln), who said she didn’t know about the millions Bunker Hill Day and Evacuation Day cost taxpayers when she voted to keep them.
“We’re picking up a lot of momentum,” Tisei said. “We’re going to pick the opponents off one by one.”
Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei (R-Wakefield) said Fargo is one of many colleagues reconsidering their vote to preserve the holidays last month.
I take comfort in the fact that it’s about 48 degrees right now and will barely crack 70 at the beaches.