Roast pork

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 27, 2009

Or maybe it has something to do with the new lobbyist the Carmen's Union hired at the start of the "season of reform": Robert Travaglini.

No, sorry, that's not a joke.

Meanwhile, since the legislature won't agree to raise tolls or gas taxes, the state is shoveling money from its dwindling reserves to keep the unreformed transportation agencies afloat. Barely.

The Senate killed the gas tax, but they did — at the urging of State Treasurer Tim Cahill — vote to join Powerball, in hopes of raising $25 million a year off the most ill-advised, hopeless dreams of the populace. Cahill — for whom we've saved a sweet spot at the top of our grill — has also recommended slot parlors. What won't Cahill do to separate the desperate from their money? Coming to your spam filter soon, if Cahill becomes governor: "Show her your manhood in bed — Commonwealth can give you inches, stamina!"

Hey-o! Don't take offense — it's just a joke. Like most of what happens on Beacon Hill these days.

To read the "Talking Politics" blog, go to thePhoenix.com/talkingpolitics. David S. Bernstein can be reached at dbernstein@phx.com.

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