What did Massachusetts’ legislators and governor do between April and August this year? They passed a budget, permanent tax increases, a two-day tax holiday, raises for judges and a long list of local bills dealing with things like water storage in Fall River and police detail work in the town of Harvard, and sewer easements. Over a dozen acts created sick leave banks for specific state and county workers. Some of these laws had merit; others were debatable or even wrong-headed.
But something is upside down when our legislators won’t find the time to debate and pass a law that would ensure that families in 29 troubled school districts can send their kids to good schools.