Chabot: Gov. Charlie Baker ripped over rehirees

Senator Brownsberger commented for the Boston Herald? on the rehiring of 70 MassDOT employees after they participated in the early retirement program. “When you really do the math and you factor in the true value of the increased pension benefits, it works out to a $90,000 gift to each person retiring,” said state Sen. William N. Brownsberger (D-Belmont), referring to the bump-up in pension benefits that were awarded to get people to accept early retirement. He added that refilling those jobs defeated the purpose. “The savings only happens if you keep the person off the payroll. So, to the extent that people are coming back, the economics looks worse.”

Walsh wants safer cycling city

The Boston Herald? reporting on the tragic bike fatality in the Back Bay last week, noted the legislation filed by Senator Brownsberger (S.1810?) requiring certain vehicles to be equipped with side under-ride guards and blind spot mirrors. “The city last year began requiring its trucks to have side guards to stop people from falling underneath the vehicles. Walsh is backing a bill before the Legislature to require trucks statewide to have the guards. Sen. William Brownsberger is a co-sponsor of the bill.” Visit this link on Bicycle Safety Legislation sponsored by Senator Brownsberger for more information on this topic.

Panel studies science of sex offenders

Senator Brownsberger co-chairs the Special Commission to Reduce the Recidivism of Sex Offenders. The Boston Herald reports that the, “legislative commission tasked with reducing the rate at which sex offenders reoffend is “reviewing the science” about the best way to manage sex offenders ahead of a presentation Wednesday that may suggest changes to state law.” More on SORC can be found at