Skip to comments.Mitt Romney Gave Massachusetts a $700 Million Increase in Fees and Taxes
Posted on 04/19/2012 12:53:25 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
Mitt Romney often states that when he was the Governor of Massachusetts he "cut taxes" and "held spending down"
Here is the TRUTH
"He did not have any broad-based tax cuts in his four years as governor," said former Massachusetts Gov. Paul Cellucci, who preceded Romney in office.
Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation: More Than $700 Million Per Year In Increased Fees And Taxes Under Romney. "Fees and taxes have increased more than $700 million a year under Governor Mitt Romney and Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey, a leading budget specialist said yesterday. Michael J. Widmer -- president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which closely tracks state finances -- said the state has raised roughly $740 million to $750 million per year by increasing fees and corporate taxes gained from what the Romney administration describes as 'closing loopholes.'(Brian Mooney, "Analyst Puts Increase In Fees, Taxes At $700m," The Boston Globe, 9/27/06)
"It's straightforward," said Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a Boston-based research group, without hesitation. "He raised corporate taxes." Romney also shifted some of the state tax burden down to the local level, by cutting local aid revenues. The Massachusetts Municipal Association, representing the state's cities and towns, said Romney's cut "forced communities statewide to cut services and raise local taxes and fees." The exact amount of the local increases hasn't been determined, but Romney at least partly avoided increasing state taxes by forcing Massachusetts cities and towns to raise theirs.(factcheck.org)
Massachusetts homeowners paid a steep price for Romney's shell game. The average single-family property tax bill statewide rose from $3,015 in fiscal 2002 to $3,799 in 2006, a 26 percent increase, or $784 a year.4 During the same period, the residential property tax levy (that is, the total amount collected) increased by $1.8 billion statewide, or a staggering 35 percent from fiscal 2002 to 2006. (Massachusetts Municipal Association Research Bulletin, 4/3/06)
Romneys Claim That He Didnt Raised Taxes Is Mostly A Myth. Romney will likely also be eager to push the message that he was a governor who stood by a no-new-taxes pledge. Thats mostly a myth. His first budget included no general tax increases but did include a $500 million increase in various fees. He later proposed $140 in business tax hikes through the closing of loopholes in the tax code. (Stephen Slivinski, Fiscal Policy Report Card On Americas Governors: 2006, Cato Institute, 2006, p. 26)
If you consider the massive costs to taxpayers that his universal health care plan will inflict once hes left office, Romneys tenure is clearly not a triumph of small-government activism. (Stephen Slivinski, Fiscal Policy Report Card On Americas Governors: 2006, Cato Institute, 2006, p. 26)
Romneys Reforms Of Massachusetts Government Saved Relatively Little Money. In his out-of-state speeches, Romney suggests that the consolidation of state agencies was a major factor in closing the budget gap. But those changes saved relatively little money: Folding 16 human-services agencies into four, a change Romney often cites outside the state, saved about $7 million, according to the administration. Eliminating the Metropolitan District Commission saved about $3.5 million, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-funded nonprofit group that monitors state spending. (Scott Greenberger, Romney Often Casts Himself As Budget Hero, The Boston Globe, 10/24/05)
Romney nickeled and dimed Massachusetts families and individuals with over a hundred fee increases, on everything from getting married (he upped the price for a marriage license), to buying a new home (he increased charges for Registry of Deeds paperwork), to owning a gun legally (he tripled the fee for a Firearms ID Card). (romneyfacts.com)
Under Romney, the Tax Foundation's ranking of Massachusetts' business friendliness slid from 26th to 37th in America. Meanwhile, Massachusetts' tax burden swelled 10.8 percent(newsobserver.com 12/20/07)
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Romney balance a budget that was millions in deficit. MA Tax Foundation is not to be confused with Citizens for Limited Taxation and Government.
Taxes and fees - not surprised, it’s a liberal idea.
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