Editorial endorsement: Deb Goldberg for state treasurer

The Boston Globe

State Treasurer Deb Goldberg has no interest in running for governor — unlike the four previous occupants of the treasurer’s office. Instead, she’s asking voters to reelect her so she can continue improving the economic future of all families in the Commonwealth. The former Brookline selectwoman and business executive, whose family used to own Stop & Shop, has brought a no-nonsense approach to the office that has yielded results in her first four years.

That’s why the Globe endorses Goldberg for a second term.

The job encompasses much more than managing the state’s debt and cash. The treasurer oversees a range of 12 loosely-related offices, among them the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission , the public pension fund, the state retirement board, and the state school building authority. As soon as she took office, Goldberg hit the ground running and added another agency to her portfolio, creating an office of economic empowerment, a first-in-the-nation initiative with urgent priorities like wage equality, college affordability, and expanding access to financial literacy.

Goldberg also leads a refreshingly diverse office. According to figures provided by her campaign, she employs over 800 workers, of whom 31 percent are people of color and 56 percent women.

Crucially, she’s led a push to modernize the business operations in the lottery and filed a bill in the Legislature that would allow online lottery sales with certain safeguards, a position this editorial board has supported. Last year was the most profitable year in the lottery’s history, generating $1 billion. When Goldberg talks lottery proceeds, she sees dollars and cents going to cities and towns. But she needs to pay more attention to fraud: Repeat lottery winners continue to be an issue.Strict enforcement of the rules should be a priority in her next term

Goldberg deserves credit for convening an Alcohol Task Force that came up with serious recommendations to reform the famously arcane and entrenched alcohol industry — some of which are starting to get enacted. But the ABCC also missed an opportunity to bring accountability to that same industry in the pay-to-play charge against Anheuser-Busch last year, letting them walk away on a technicality. Goldberg should place leaders at ABCC who will not hesitate to be tough.

Goldberg’s Republican opponent, state Representative Keiko Orrall, hasn’t built a convincing case as to why voters should elect her as treasurer. The four-term legislator from Lakeville, the first Asian-American woman elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, has repeatedly hammered Goldberg for mishandling the lottery headquarters move, a minor issue to build a campaign around.

Goldberg has combined effective day-to-day operations with a forward-thinking focus on social equity issues. She has emerged as a capable steward and a voice for creating more opportunity in the Commonwealth. Voters should support her for a second term.

Read The Boston Globe’s endorsement here.

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