King Gov's Extravagance
Read on the Consortium that the local King in the USVI's is spending $12,500 every month for his private quarters in St. Thomas. Also heard that the King charters a private aircraft to move between the two islands... This while the King has about 16 days worth of operating cash on hand.
There is, but it's got mold and asbestos and needs other repairs. Nobody wants to live, and they can't figure out an affordable use for it.
It was a gorgeous home until Turnbull spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer's money "refurbishing" and "modernizing" it. I have no doubt the opulent velvets and brocades he had installed (more in tune with a Reno bordello than a Governor's mansion) had a huge effect on airflow with resultant mold. I never knew it to have any mold problem before - the air flow was wonderful.
Now, we get Monarch Mapp.
$12,500.00 rental per month gets you a major luxury home with all the bells and whistles here in STT. Of course, there are many less expensive rentals available but nothing but the best for our monarch.
I mean, governor.
If other governors took the seaplane, why can't he instead of spending our money for private charter flights?
The term "budget" and "living within one's means" is a unknown and unexplored concept for our many government officials, past and present, elected to SERVE the public. We're broke but the spending and borrowing will continue.
Aren't you proud we have a governor that's willing to pay his back taxes on a payment plan and has to issue a press release to do so?
His new hires for his cabinet also get an increase in pay over their predecessors.
But, hey, we're broke! Let the spending continue!
Mapp was obnoxious then and will be even worse now.
when he would fly on a commercial plane, his "security" men (the ones with the gold necklaces so heavy they could almost not hold their heads up straight) would block off at least half of the entire waiting area in the stx airport, so no one could sit, etc. We heard him chastise AA purser on flight to the states for addressing him as "Mr. Mapp" instead of using his "Correct Title of Lt Gov". Only good part was imagining what might have happened to his first class airline meal before he was served on that flight.
Flew in same cabin with Turnbull, even right after 9/11, and there was none of the same garbage, before, during or after his flight. Even as he waited to claim his luggage in NY...with both a VI policeman and NY state police there, he was still receptive to strangers speaking to him etc...
I believe there is a website where you can see who contributed to which politicians at a federal level. I wonder if we had similar transparency here that we'd see the owners of Mapp's rental pad on the list of campaign contributors. It's fun to speculate in the absence of accurate disclosure.
12.5k for a rental - criikey! Well I guess it is 'high season'.
Maybe we can legislate a reasonable cap - Yea Right!
I didn't hear the press conference yesterday, but the article in the Daily News this morning indicated that his house is out east in Nazarethville. I haven't seen the limo entourage or anything, but will have to keep my eyes (more) open. The paper also indicated he is going to send a bunch of prisoners to the states, have the National Guard help the police get a grasp in crime, and auction off half of the government vehicles. As an aside, he stated that there are 874 vehicles on St. Croix and 828 on St. Thomas-St. John. I say get rid of them all and let 'em take the safari!;)
The paper also indicated he is going to send a bunch of prisoners to the states, have the National Guard help the police get a grasp in crime, and auction off half of the government vehicles. As an aside, he stated that there are 874 vehicles on St. Croix and 828 on St. Thomas-St. John. I say get rid of them all and let 'em take the safari!;)
Yeah, a lot of what he said sounds fiscally wise for the Territory. I liked a lot of what I heard about his plans for getting things under control. I am cautiously optimistic about his plans, although the news about the $12,500/mo house causes me quite a bit of concern.
What surprised me is that government vehicles were driving around with private plates in order to hide the abuses of the use of government vehicles.
With as many gov't plates that I've seen around, I had no idea there were a lot of other vehicles with private plates. Shady, indeed. Good for king gov in putting an end to that.