"If she doesn't think it's something that she'd renew, that she isn't seeing the value in it, then why is it continuing?"
But she's not in a position to make that cost/benefit determination. Because she only experiences the benefit, her decision will always be to renew the perk. Only public pressure (a form of cost) could possibly influence her decision.
As a point of reference, many of the heads of federal agencies are riding their bicycles to work, driving their own cars to meetings, and riding coach on airlines.
What do you expect when you send the same re-treads back to the GA year after year after year?...70+ Years of (D) Leadership and going strong.
I know of at least one other community where the mayor drives a city owned vehicle, comes out of the police budget for some reason. I'd be interested to know how many other mayors get this perk. The state (and certainly the cities/towns)just isn't big enough to justify a free car. I could see a fuel stipend but the cost of purchasing, maintaining, repairing a vehicle doesn't jive with the fiscal austerity our elected officials have been preaching.
The biggest expense, as always, must be the human factor. They can drive themselves around town like the rest of us mortals. Fire the driver (sorry buddy, but you can find better things to do for a living... maybe not in RI).
What state officials need take home cars?That we pay the gas for?
(1)Superintendent of the State Police(who is also in charge of the Dept of Public Safety
(2)whoever is the head of the state EMA
No one else.This doesn't include state troopers who are subject to callout from home.
Gordon Fox?That dirtbag is rolling in money and he needs a car on our dime?For what?To collect contributions?And Teresa Paiva-Weed-even worse.
A few thoughts from a parallel universe, Massachusetts. This from a long deceased guy I knew who had been president of the Senate, 60 years ago. Mass always bought the Governor a new Cadillac, that began when Peter Fuller (Peter Fuller Cadillac) was governor in the 1920's. This continued (despite the fact that Lincoln had a $1 per year lease deal for Governors)until Bill Weld was governor and switched to a Ford Crown Vic. Gov. Deval switched back to a Cadillac (becoming "Sedan DeVal"). This caused some outcry and he switched back to a Ford. Mass. has a long tradition of lifetime appointments for the governor's "Drivers", usually State Police. Who has a state car is easily determined in Mass. because they have blue plates.
I don't know who else in Mass has state cars, but you do seem to see a lot of blue plates around Boston on otherwise unmarked cars. Of course, about 6 months ago, the Lt. Gov. gained some notoriety by driving his state car off the road at 90 mph, around 5 o'clock in the morning. Although adult beverages were suspected, he wasn't asked to blow a breathalyzer. It seems to me that a former Lt. Gov. (Swift?) regularly took the State Police helicopter from Boston to the Berkshires to check on her children.
So, what am I saying? "power corrupts".
this is totally unnecessary, we have no money.
I hope the electorate is happy with their decision the re-elect these slimeballs
I believe Hummell did a little investigating and found out that Providence's mayor has a car and full-time police detail (that's three officer FTEs, one for each shift of the day).
When he called other comparable cities (Worcester, Hartford, etc.), only a few let the mayor use a city vehicle, and none provided police or drivers.
Even Mayor Bloomberg takes the subway to work, without an escort.
Mangeek - I'll be in RI Dec. 24-28. You want to coordinate something that Thursday?
I'll see what I can do!
Angel must think he's Cicilline or something