Lab scandal fallout concerns law enforcement officials

That's there concern, not the innocent souls in the slammer.

State makes progress on legal mess from drug lab

So says the Boston Globe. Yeah, clean up that mess quick and let's get back to business as usual. 

Mass. crime lab troubles were isolated, study finds


State chemist faces 24 more charges in lab scandal
Former state chemist pleads not guilty
Annie Dookhan pleads not guilty to charges in drug lab scandal
Ex-state chemist Annie Dookhan pleads not guilty

Why is she continuing to cost taxpayer's money with the legal game?

Crime lab errors create overload for prosecutors

They are comparing it to a "natural disaster?" Puh-leeze!

Mass. justice sends two drug lab cases to high court
SJC to consider queries related to drug lab

And the state's answer to all this?

"After failures, DPH seeks 30 new staffers to boost inspection ability" by Andy Metzger  |  State House News Service, March 01, 2013

FITCHBURG — Interim Commissioner of Public Health Lauren Smith said Thursday that when she took over the depart­ment, following a deadly meningitis outbreak and the closure of a crime lab that shook confidence in the regulators, she engaged in a “frank and brutally honest introspection” with her staff.

One result of that introspection is a proposed $32 million budget increase at DPH, bringing the total amount to $549 million, which would allow for increased inspections and oversight of health care, hazardous material, and substance abuse facilities. That would fund 30 new ­positions and send $1 million to the Board of Registration in Pharmacy, Smith said.

“The public in general goes through its business, its daily life and appropriately assumes that the services, the restaurants, the beaches, the mammography machines, or everywhere it goes, that someone has looked at that, and someone has made sure that it’s OK,” said Smith. “Our role, as I see it, is to make sure that the public’s assumption that those things are well taken care of is actually true.”

Meaning it isn't, proving the state is a colossal failure. If they can't protect our health, they ain't worth s***. I gue$$ that's what happens when certain intere$t$ control state government. 

Btw, I no longer make those assumptions.

The public’s confidence in pharmacies was shaken last year as hundreds fell ill around the country with ailments, includ­ing fungal meningitis, from tainted steroids produced at the New England Compounding Center in Framingham. That outbreak, which has sickened 714 and killed 48 by this week, led to changes within DPH, including unannounced inspections at the state’s 40 sterile compounding pharmacies. Many of those ­revealed that the alleged lack of proper protocols at the Framingham pharmacy was not unique....

See: A Compounding Crisis

RelatedState halts drug production at Woburn pharmacy

Governor Deval Patrick’s budget is predicated on tax changes that would raise $1.9 billion in additional revenue by closing tax incentives, raising the income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent and lowering the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent.

Related: Highway Robbery in Massachusetts

Mass. Manipulation of State Economic Numbers

But trust them anyway.

Patrick’s tax plan calls for a $1 increase on the cigarette tax and raised taxes on other ­tobacco products, which would raise roughly $69 million in fiscal 2014 and $166 million in fiscal 2015, Smith said.

Applying the sales tax to candy and soda — items that are currently exempt, as is all other food — would raise $22 million in fiscal 2014 and $53 million in 2015, Smith said.

You know, no one was ever taxed into prosperity. 

I'm just wondering where they think we are going to get all this money to spend that they are so counting on. 


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