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Try reining in runaway spending first

Regarding Governor Patrick’s plans to increase the cost of living for many Massachusetts residents, I have to wonder whether he has thought of other alternatives — for example, cutting expenditures as opposed to raising taxes.

While raising our taxes seems like the easiest, quickest fix, perhaps Patrick might consider cutting the waste in his own administration. The culling of the unqualified highway safety administrator was a good start. How many other dead-weight patronage hires are still employed by the state?

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Maybe it’s time to start looking into reining in the runaway budget.

Donald DeBernardi

Waltham

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