After working for state government for 26 years, I know firsthand that a lot of good people work extra nearly every day just to ensure that the public is getting the service they deserve.

A lot of these folks are salaried middle managers. They don’t get paid extra for working shutdown days or weekends, but they do it anyway. The governor should consider thanking these hard-working people for their dedication in such difficult times.

One other thing to keep in mind: Virtually all state programs were initiated by the Legislature out of concern for, or at the request of, their constituents.

Sometimes the responsible administration of these programs does indeed conflict with the wishes of the governor. It’s not always obstructionism when departments don’t comply with the governor’s requests, quite often it’s their responsibility to the taxpayers that simply overrides his authority.

Scott Mosher

South China

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