Senators call on Baker to sever ties with controversial consulting firm

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Published: 7/28/2021 2:34:03 PM
Modified: 7/28/2021 2:34:04 PM

BOSTON — State Senators Anne M. Gobi (D-Spencer) and Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) are calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to end his administration’s relationship with McKinsey & Co., the consulting firm that earlier this year paid out $573 million for its involvement in the nation’s opioid crisis.

Recently, the governor’s administration tasked McKinsey & Co. with conducting a report to assess the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on work behavior. This came on the heels of the administration earlier providing funds to the firm for consultation on the state’s pandemic response.

This past February, McKinsey & Co. settled a lawsuit brought by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and 46 other state Attorneys General after admitting to their role in helping Purdue Pharma bolster the sale of opioids like Oxycontin to increase profits.

In a letter to the governor, dated July 27, Senators Gobi and DiZoglio requested the administration sever ties with McKinsey & Co. immediately and “stop wasting taxpayer dollars on a company that has a proven record of violating the public trust.”

Gobi said, “People have the right to know their tax dollars are being spent appropriately and they also need to have reassurance that reports generated from those tax dollars can be relied upon. Unfortunately, this fails in both arenas.”

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