Senators continue to prove they don't "get it"
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I read with interest the article regarding the Legislature's transfer of money between different V.I. Government funds for a variety of budget-related bills for Fiscal Year 2014.
One thing that really jumped out at me is the vast sum of money appropriated (taken from Peter to pay Paul) for the use of the V.I. Waste Management Authority. The total sum appropriated from various funds to go to VIWMA is a whopping $29,483,688.00.
Yes, that's right! Almost $30 million dollars!
I'd like to know why V.I. Waste Management requires this vast amount and exactly what their budget is, how this money is to be spent and what led these senators to "appropriate" this huge amount of funding.
I'd also like to know when was the V.I. Inspector General's last audit on V.I. Waste Management and what the findings were - considering the entity's pathetic past and continued lack of performance from its creation by Gov. John deJongh Jr. to this day.
A friend shared this opinion: "The truly sad thing about that is that Waste Management Authority is a misnomer. They don't "manage" wastes. They process contracts with all kinds of non-transparent things going on. They are basically just a rogue entity with a license to steal. That is all."
I happen to agree.
I continue to see a lack of fiscal and financial responsibility on the part of our senators without regard to our dire debt situation.
They disregard billions of dollars of debt and pander for votes - such as their reaffirmed support Friday for a legislation extending to 2016 a program in which any longtime V.I. Government employee will be able to take two years off from work, with the government paying health insurance and retirement, even though the employee is not doing his/her job.
I don't care whether it is four persons or 400 getting these benefits. It is wrong, and it is time for these newly elected senators to get with it and show responsibility to all the taxpayers in the Virgin Islands. From what I have seen and read recently, they sure don't get it, and it is costing us, as shown in the constant increases in our cost of living, increased fees and deteriorating quality of life.
To think we could be stuck with them for four years instead of two years between elections is totally depressing.
- Alana Mawson, St. Thomas