- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker has stripped 20 to 30 state employees of their state-owned vehicles as part of a review sparked by a state parks and recreation official who resigned after using his vehicle’s lights and sirens to cut through heavy Boston traffic.

The Boston Herald reported (https://bit.ly/2dcyESR ) that Baker announced the move Tuesday while speaking at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.

Baker said the decisions on whose cars would be taken involved a continuing review of “domicile privileges.” Baker’s office later said the employees spanned a number of executive agencies and the decisions were made by Baker’s budget office as part of a “cost-saving measure.”

Baker said his administration is now reviewing which cars in its 2,500-vehicle fleet also have lights and sirens and whether they are needed.

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Information from: Boston Herald, https://www.bostonherald.com

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