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December 5, 2012

Anderson: What about the Bay State's fiscal cliff?

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Despite the state deficit and ongoing legislative opposition, Patrick issued an executive order last week giving reduced in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrant students. Lyons and other Republican legislators are filing a bill restricting all state benefits to U.S. citizens and legal immigrants. Last year, they forced the Patrick administration to admit it spent $270 million on illegals. (See state deficit, above. And while you’re there, think about this ...)

The Legislative leadership has just approved pay raises for legislative staffers. Nothing against hardworking staffers, but you hafta wonder: If the governor can bypass the Legislature with executive orders, why do we need legislators at all? We could save the entire legislative budget!

Never mind; tis the season to be jolly. I’ve been avoiding Christmas carols since Halloween, but this week brings Belsnickle, my German hometown’s traditional holiday beginning. ’Tis time to enjoy Christmas and wish peace on Capitol and Beacon hills to men of good will and fiscal restraint.

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Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is a Salem News columnist.

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