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Gov. Mapp continues to spend, spend, spend!

 
Alana33
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Scubadoo
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That's why we need to raise the hotel tax:D

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Posted : September 30, 2015 11:19 am
stxsailor
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So in reality what can "we" the citizens do about this that will actually get results?

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Posted : September 30, 2015 12:40 pm
Alana33
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I'm not sure anymore because our Senators for the most part are sellouts and when they held a vote to override Mapp's veto of legislation capping government commissioners' salaries at the level of their predecessors, they did not muster the votes needed. Many of the ones that initially objected, flipped over to allow the raises.

Which leads me to believe we'll see them raising their own salaries based on the commissioners salary level down the road.

Nor do I see one single senator raising any objections to Mapp's free for all spending on his extraordinary extravagant lifestyle funded by the taxpayers.

I'm truly disgusted by this continued waste of money not only by Mapp but by the senators while stating we are in the throes of a financial crisis and fees continue to rise to accommodate this unwarranted spending.

The new AG sure as beck isn't going to go after Mapp so what, indeed, do we do?

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Topic starter Posted : September 30, 2015 1:28 pm
ms411
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Every person who is in private sector needs to register to vote, because the government workers definitely vote and naturally vote their interest. I meet so many in private sector who don't bother and don't care until they want/need something from the government.

One good thing about Diase is she is attracting more people who are concerned about the politics, and so it will be interesting to see if she runs for an office again.

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Posted : September 30, 2015 3:15 pm
Alana33
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Even when you vote, then contact them, the senators do not respond.

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Topic starter Posted : September 30, 2015 3:18 pm
ms411
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I have heard of some people getting responses. The taxi medallion bill that recently passed was because the veterans requested it. Again, that bill positively impacted a large voting block.

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Posted : September 30, 2015 3:26 pm
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Armchair-generated letters and petition-signing (and forum participation) are only minimally effective and are a mere prelude to what garners the most attention - which is organized physical demonstration. "Organized" being the operative word as someone has to make the move to rally the forces and coordinate the momentum. Physical hands-on effort and organized planning, coordinating with the media for the fullest exposure possible - and then the follow-up to keep the pressure on and force the dialogue to effect the necessary change and, in this case, see that the laws are enforced.

Actions speak louder than words.

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Posted : September 30, 2015 4:24 pm
xXxRUDExXx
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Actions speak louder than words.

Co-signed.

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Posted : September 30, 2015 4:59 pm
ms411
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One good example of OT's post is the trees that were scheduled for cut down to widen Veterans Drive. Lots of people showed up for days to protest, and they saved a few trees. Same with quite a few other issues like that waste to energy company and Mandahl Bay.

Sometimes the people are heard. We just have so many issues that we can't get to them all.

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Posted : September 30, 2015 5:35 pm
monogram
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My question: why aren't these flagrant abuses being covered in the VI Consortium?

Mapp's "executive photographer" makes more than my medical resident friends. Why go to med school when you can be a political hack? Mapp's DEPUTY chief makes 112k with no apparent education or skills.

The route to riches in the VI for most isn't through technological innovation or studying a profession. The road to private jets, admiral club memberships, and fine dining is through fleecing the taxpayers. Worse than West Africa.

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Posted : September 30, 2015 9:22 pm
ms411
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Someone, somewhere said VI Consortium is Mapp's mouthpiece. Someone else thinks Diase owns it. Real newspapers like Daily News and Avis are more transparent in reporting.

The Daily News reports almost every dime Mapp spends. It's a frequent discussion on radio talk shows. Very little of what happens in VI is accurately reported online.

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Posted : September 30, 2015 9:41 pm
OldTart
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... Very little of what happens in VI is accurately reported online.

The online Source adheres to the highest level of professional journalism.

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Posted : September 30, 2015 9:59 pm
Alana33
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And they don't mention Mapp's spending at all.

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Topic starter Posted : October 1, 2015 12:06 am
honey
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monogram is right "worse than West Africa", What kind of sign is Mapp trying to give? most people are saying Mapp is one term only. but how do we send the sign to future governors that this kind of spending is not tolerated? transparency at least,

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Posted : October 2, 2015 10:03 am
OldTart
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So in reality what can "we" the citizens do about this that will actually get results?

One solution is provided here:

http://virginislandsdailynews.com/news/people-have-power-to-recall-mapp-under-v-i-code-1.1952061

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Posted : October 3, 2015 10:09 am
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