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Sound Off: Should Massachusetts Get Rid of the Governor's Council?

The board that advises the governor on his or her appointments has been a source of embarrassment, the Boston Globe writes in an editorial, and the board has little function.

 

 

 

A few days after the primary selected the candidates who will face off for the Governor's Council, the Boston Globe ran an editorial calling for the end of the board that advises the governor on selections for judgeships, parole board and other posts.

The council predates the United States, having been set up by King Charles I of England. The editorial suggests that the Governor's Council no longer serves a necessary purpose and has had a negative effect, "... thanks to a few councilors whose clownish antics have been an embarrassment to the state ...."

The Globe also maintains that the council process has deterred qualified candidates from seeking to become a judge, clerk or another appointed seat.

Members of the Council would maintain that they prevent the judge seats and other posts going to buddies of the governor and other politicians. 

The editorial also states that the council's authority has shrunk, and "Approving judges and clerk magistrates is virtually all that’s left." The board also reviews appointments to the Parole Board, the Appellate Tax Board, the Industrial Accident Board, notaries and justices of the peace, according to the Secretary of State's website.

Do you think the Governor's Council should be scrapped? Do you even know what it does? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Muriel McGrann September 18, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Simply, Government has grown so cumbersome that the left hand has no idea what the right hand is doing. Eliminate the Governors Council is a small beginning in establishing smaller less expensive Government that maintains a balanced budget. With the enoromous debt and the high rate of employment you would think the Government would consider seriously the magnitude of the situation before the bottom falls out of the State and the countrys financial perdicament caused by the policies and practices of the Party in power.
Tom Gilroy September 18, 2012 at 05:50 PM
The Governor's Council is a holdover that has lost is usefulness. This is nothing more than a hack operation that confirms the appointment of more hacks. It should have been abolished long ago, but as long as the Democrats control the Hill the size of government will never be reduced.

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