A Troubling Pattern in Governor Baker's Cabinet
I am very troubled by the recent disclosures of hiring decisions within the Department of Revenue, and it is clear that this is part of a pattern. From Luis Manuel Ramirez, Governor Baker’s pick to run the MBTA despite having no prior transportation experience, to his choice of Ronald Amidon, the former president of the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts, to be commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game, Governor Baker has not fulfilled his campaign promises on hiring.
Now we learn that Governor Baker’s pick to run the Department of Revenue, Michael Heffernan, a former pharmaceutical company executive, chose unqualified neighbors and friends rather than experienced professionals to help administer our tax laws, collect child support, and manage finances for our cities and towns.
The people of Massachusetts deserve a thorough and impartial investigation into the hiring practices of the Baker Administration. It is essential to preserve the public trust and to ensure that there are no further hires of well-connected but unqualified applicants.