On Lottery Office, Goldberg Faces Blowback From Dems For Botched Announcement, Costly Mov

“Unnecessary,” “Not In The Best Interests Of The Lottery,” Dems Say

BOSTON — Treasurer Deb Goldberg is facing blowback for a costly and questionable decision to move the state Lottery from Braintree to Dorchester. Goldberg’s own office admitted that the move is costly, with taxpayers and communities being stuck with the bill. Goldberg called the angry reactions she’s been hearing a “lesson learned.”In response, Rep. Keiko Orrall, candidate for Treasurer, released the following statement:

“This wasteful move and botched announcement indicates that Treasurer Goldberg simply isn’t up for the job of being a responsible steward of public dollars,” said Orrall. “Either taxpayers are stuck with the bill, communities will lose out on local aid dollars, or both. And when confronted with the reality that her office failed to communicate with key stakeholders, Goldberg responded that this episode is a ‘lesson learned.’ Massachusetts taxpayers deserves a Treasurer who will get it right the first time and won’t be learning on the job – especially when their money is at stake.”

Background:

Goldberg’s Lottery admitted that the cost of the new lease is “significantly higher.” “’The cost is significantly higher than the old lease,” said Michael R. Sweeney, the lottery’s executive director.” (Matt Stout, “Lottery approves controversial headquarters move to Dorchester,” The Boston Globe, 3/27/18)

Goldberg’s fellow Democrats demanded an explanation, given that the cost would likely cut into lottery profits that translate into local aid. “Rep. Mark Cusack, a Braintree Democrat, said he wanted to learn more about the reasons for the move and said any extra cost would come out of the profits the Lottery distributes as local aid. ‘There has to be some basis why they think this is in the best interest of the Commonwealth,’ Cusack said.” (Andy Metzger, “Lottery moving headquarters out of Braintree,” State House News Service, 3/27/18)

“’It strikes me as largely unnecessary and not in the best interests of the operations of the lottery,” Cusack said. ‘Every level of government is looking at efficiencies and consolidation, and this is going the other way.'” (Matt Stout, “Lottery approves controversial headquarters move to Dorchester,” The Boston Globe, 3/27/18)

Goldberg is also planning to ask the taxpayer for more money to cover the costly move. “Goldberg’s office has asked the Legislature for a $1.6 million boost to its budget next fiscal year to cover relocating, though some of it is for one-time costs.” (Matt Stout, “Lottery approves controversial headquarters move to Dorchester,” The Boston Globe, 3/27/18)

When confronted with the failures of her office to communicate with key stakeholders, Goldberg called it a “lesson learned.” “Goldberg called it a “lesson learned” for any upcoming lease negotiations for other lottery properties.”(Matt Stout, “Lottery approves controversial headquarters move to Dorchester,” The Boston Globe, 3/27/18)

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