Some background for those of you who do not have the pleasure of living in Massachusetts (AKA The Commonwealth of Hackachusetts):
Evacuation Day (which conveniently also happens to be St. Patrick’s Day) is a Suffolk County holiday. Bunker Hill Day is also a Suffolk County holiday. You know what that means – no work for the Hackorama. But it is not just the hacks who work in Suffolk County who get a paid day off. To be “fair” to the rest of the hacks on the state payroll, they are given a floating day off to use at a later date. These ridiculous excuses for a paid day off have come under fire in recent years and now the usual suspects are fighting to keep the perk alive.
Lawmakers fighting to uphold the paid days off for Evacuation Day (March 17) and Bunker Hill Day (June 17) – holidays rarely enjoyed outside of the State House and City Hall – said they were showing “respect” for history.
“I think it’s important to carry on the traditions that ultimately created this great country that we live in,” said state Sen. John Hart (D-South Boston), at a State House hearing.
Hart urged state Sen. Michael Knapik, the Westfield Republican pushing to rein in the holiday atmosphere, to give those venerable days “the respect that history deserves.”
But Knapik said the state can’t afford to allow 35,000 state workers to have those paid days off.
“These two holidays are irrefutably indefensible,” Knapik said. “When we’re in a state that’s approaching 10 percent unemployment, I dont know how we justify the days.”
Hart also accused Knapik of “engaging in histrionics.”
“You’ve created this hysteria that in fact they are hack holidays . . . when in fact that’s not true,” Hart said.
Proponents counter that Evacuation Day marks a major victory by the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War at Dorchester Heights, while Bunker Hill Day marks the pivotal Battle of Bunker Hill.
“I live on G Street at Dorchester Heights,” Hart bellowed. “We live that history day in and day out.”
Hart, one of the most vocal defenders of the holiday’s imporance, skipped Bunker Hill day ceremonies last year in favor of running personal errands, the Herald reported.
Hint: That ain’t Bunker Hill.