Rhode Island, Other States Question the Real Value of Lieutenant Governor

Friday, June 11, 2010

One of Robert Healey's campaign posters, advocating the elimination of the office of lieutenant governor (Robert Healey)

“Abolish the office of Lieutenant Governor, save the state $1,000,000 per year”: That’s the campaign promise of Robert J. Healey, Jr., who is running for lieutenant governor in the state of Rhode Island. Healey, an attorney and former Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate, is running as an independent and says he could be endorsed by the state’s Republican Party. As states across the country struggle with budget cuts, some legislators are asking the question: “Do we really need a lieutenant governor?”

We speak with writer Kris Frieswick about her forthcoming article about the office of lieutenant governor in this Sunday’s Boston Globe Magazine: “Do we really need a lieutenant governor? Several states say no. Should Massachusetts be next?”

Comments [1]

Charlie Washburn from Worcester MA

It may not be a statutory role but LG Murray is hardly a bit player in Massachusetts. Besides real executive responsibilities in the administration, like the development of our coastal infrastructure, our LG is instrumental in keeping the government very present in each of the cities and towns. The legislature is not the only (or best) vehicle for empowering or engaging a LG...the Governor can do it as well. Massachusetts provides a good model for how that's done

Jun. 11 2010 08:37 AM

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