For over a month, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has failed to answer questions about its funding of the Massachusetts State Police, as dozens of troopers have retired or been suspended for allegedly clocking no-show shifts on MassDOT’s dime.
(On the taxpayer’s dime.)
Thirty troopers linked to the now-dissolved Troop E — the MassDOT-funded unit of the state police responsible for patrolling the Massachusetts Turnpike — have been implicated in the alleged scheme, which has bruised a law enforcement agency already reeling from scandals involving a scrubbed arrest report and a trooper with a history as a marijuana dealer.
State Police have declined to say how much money was stolen, citing the ongoing investigation. And even basic information about how much was at stake has remained obscured, as MassDOT has not answered questions about its overall funding of Troop E and blown past deadlines for public records requests.
Common Cause Massachusetts Executive Director Pam Wilmot, whose organization helped craft the state’s 2016 update to its public records law, said it is “disturbing” when agencies do not respond promptly to records requests.