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501 public employees get take-home vehicles

Monday, August 11

BOSTON (AP) — The state Republican Party and a fiscal watchdog group are criticizing the Patrick administration following a report that more than 500 state employees are allowed to take state-owned vehicles home at night. The Boston Herald reports that the 501 workers were allowed to take home state vehicles include 281 alone at the state Highway Department.

GOP spokesman Barney Keller says Gov. Deval Patrick should have looked harder at the state's auto fleet when he promised to cut $700 million in waste.

Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Association says the administration needs to rethink who's allowed to take home cars while the state grapples with a billion dollar deficit.

Patrick spokesman Kyle Sullivan says most of the take-home vehicles are for legitimate public safety purposes, but the policy is being reviewed.


Information from: Boston Herald, www.bostonherald.com

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