Massachusetts: Treasurer seeks review of alcohol commission, pols react

Legislative leaders are expressing concern after a report that the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission paid out about $1.7 million to resolve three employment disputes in the past two years.

Senate President Therese Murray said she wants to know why the ABCC agreed to the settlements.

The Boston Globe, citing public records and legal documents, reported that in one case the agency said it denied a 57-year-old veteran a job because two available slots had to go to relatives of lawmakers, or the legislature would not fund the positions.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo called the report “disturbing” and said Monday he’d never heard of the Legislature holding up funds for such a reason.

State Treasurer Steve Grossman – who oversees the ABCC – has asked the state inspector general to conduct a “top-to-bottom” review.

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