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Romney oversaw millions in fee hikes as Massachusetts governor (August, 2007 Article)
Boston.com ^ | August 28, 2007 | Steve LeBlanc

Posted on 04/27/2012 12:15:57 PM PDT by SoConPubbie

BOSTON --When Mitt Romney wanted to balance the Massachusetts budget, the blind, mentally retarded and gun owners were asked to help pay.

The Republican managed to slash spending to eliminate a deficit pegged at $3 billion, but he also proposed or presided over a far-ranging series of fee hikes -- a strategy that allowed him to maintain the no-new-taxes stance he now boasts about as he runs for president.

In all, then-Gov. Romney proposed creating 33 new fees and increasing 57 others -- enough, he said, to pull in an extra $59 million for the cash-strapped state.

Horseback riding instructors, prisoners, those seeking training to combat domestic violence and used car shoppers were asked to dig a little deeper.

Romney and Democratic lawmakers ended up approving hundreds of millions in higher fees and fines, making it more expensive to use an ice skating rink, register a boat, take the bar exam, get a duplicate driver's license, file a court case, install underground storage tanks, sell cigarettes or alcohol, comply with air quality rules and transport hazardous waste.

A survey of states by the National Conference of State Legislatures found Massachusetts led the nation during Romney's first year, raising fees and fines by $501 million. New York was second with $367 million. Nine other states raised fees and fines by more than $100 million.

Romney campaign spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said some of the fees that kicked in during Romney's first year had been approved before he became governor. He said the fees approved during Romney's first year totaled $260 million.

That doesn't include an additional $140 million in what Romney described as business tax "loophole closings" approved that year, the vast majority recommended by Romney.

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: romney
And the Un-Masking of Mitt Romney, the lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal, continues . . .
 
"If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures." - Alexander Hamilton
 
"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates wouldn’t make any sense at all." -- President Ronald Reagan
 
"A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." - Thomas Paine 1792
 
"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams
 
"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams
 

1 posted on 04/27/2012 12:16:04 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

2 posted on 04/27/2012 1:03:17 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ("I'm comfortable with a Romney win." - Pres. Jimmy Carter)
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To: SoConPubbie

Pro Øbama, huh? How long will this tantrum last?


3 posted on 04/27/2012 1:04:53 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: TruthHound
Pro Øbama, huh? How long will this tantrum last?

Listen, that lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal is your candidate, not mine.

I'm voting for Virgil Goode, Constitution Party, if Romney is the nominee.

This isn't the first lame, lying, accusation from party-over-principle compromisers I've gotten over this, and it won't be the last.
4 posted on 04/27/2012 1:17:04 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

And the Romneybots wonder why I plan to write Sarah Palin for POTUS this November instead of voting for this Progressive (aka collectivist) clown.

Yes, Romney has said that he calls himself a Progressive and does not like the Pubbie label.


5 posted on 04/27/2012 1:20:49 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Let's see--on the one hand we have a candidate who has bypassed Congress to start unnecessary wars; who signed a law that would allow him to disappear, detain and even kill a US citizen for any reason whatsoever; who has appointed dangerous people like Eric Holder and Cass Sunstein to high office; who appointed socialists Sotomayor and Kagan to the Supreme Court; who has vowed to destroy the coal, oil and gas industries in this country; who has never missed a chance to divide us along every racial and economic line; who has bowed to our enemies and thumbed his nose at our allies...

And on the other hand we have a candidate who is somewhat more liberal than your rarified standards would allow.

Something tells me you're going to have to change your FR user ID after the election, if Obama wins.

6 posted on 04/27/2012 1:43:48 PM PDT by giotto
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To: SoConPubbie
And the Un-Masking of Mitt Romney, the lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal, continues . . .

To what purpose? You must be a shill for Obama since you seem to be continuing your 2008 act.

7 posted on 04/27/2012 1:47:20 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Romney just makes me tired all over.)
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To: giotto
Something tells me you're going to have to change your FR user ID after the election, if Obama wins.

Joined in 2007 and trashed McCain. This is an Old Tired Act. I'd rather have someone other than Romney but missing the chance to vote against Obama is treason.

8 posted on 04/27/2012 1:54:10 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Romney just makes me tired all over.)
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To: SoConPubbie

look, romney is crappola but at least he isn’t some shufflebutt marxist punk ass black panther loving America hating kenyan./


9 posted on 04/27/2012 2:00:10 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: SoConPubbie
Denial ain't just a river in Egypt - Republican conservatives can't handle the truth about Romney
10 posted on 04/27/2012 2:01:10 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Romney Republicanism. Even Jimmy Carter can be comfortable with it.)
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To: SoConPubbie
Romney oversaw millions in fee hikes as Massachusetts governor (August, 2007 Article)

Fee hikes???? They were TAX HIKES!

11 posted on 04/27/2012 2:01:13 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Thanks for these threads

there cant be too much exposure of The Secret Life of Willard Mitty

for those who dont know or dont remember...


12 posted on 04/27/2012 2:14:08 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Tennessee Nana
for those who dont know or dont remember...

Or Don't WANT to remember.
13 posted on 04/27/2012 2:15:20 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Mike Darancette
To what purpose? You must be a shill for Obama since you seem to be continuing your 2008 act.

Same tired, lying, accusation that has been tried over and over to shut up those exposing the truth about Romney's lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal record by those who are at best, Party-Over-Principle types.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised given the ease and regularity of Romney's lies. I guess I shouldn't expect more from his supporters.
14 posted on 04/27/2012 2:18:03 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: giotto
And on the other hand we have a candidate who is somewhat more liberal than your rarified standards would allow.

Somewhat more liberal??

I want some of the mind-bending, reality stretching drugs you been taking:


15 posted on 04/27/2012 2:20:11 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

Raising fees is sometimes a very conservative move. Think about it. Who should be paying: the user (beneficiary) of a service, or the general public through taxation.

The normal conservative approach, also favored by libertarians; and the most market-based and efficient is for the USER to PAY. This puts costs where they belong: on the beneficiary. You visit a museum, for example, why should someone in another part of the state be paying for what you enjoy? You register a car, why should someone else pay? You need a building permit, why should someone else pay?

User pays brings a bit of market discipline into play. The user can always choose not to make the deal. But if it is covered by a tax, there is no escaping.

Government bureaucracies prefer to be paid by the tax rolls. Then their performance does not have to be very good. They have no customers, only captive taxpayers, wh are modern-day serfs.

The post office is another example of user paying, after the reforms of some decades back. It has worked very well. US mail is better than almost all postal services of other countries in the world, and it is cheaper. It is even cheaper than Canada, if you check the rates. Now they are in trouble, because people have found that new technology provides cheaper and faster communication. We probably can cut back on post offices.

Note that it is the unions and the left which want to plow billions into supporting the post office, moving back away from the “user pays” principle.

Students and their families should be paying their own education costs, in my ideal world. Then education would offer more choice, cheaper tuition, and would move more quickly into improved technology. Instead, we have an education bubble of mammoth proportions, unrestrained tuition hikes by colleges, foolishly luxurious campuses (more like country clubs), and students who hang around in the academic world when they should be getting a productive life.

There is no such thing as a free lunch. Someone has to pay. User should pay.

Now, as far a the matter of presidential politics goes, any dope can see that this is now a race between Romney and the dastardly incumbent. We had a find array of aspirants, but the race for the nomination is over. Is that not obvious?

Then make up your mind. Romney may not be your favorite candidate. He is nonetheless worlds better than the unmentionable incumbent. Romney is also a much nicer person. He will be endorsed by all his former Republican opponents.

Make up your mind. If you don‘t support Romney this summer and fall, you will be preferring the dismantling of the Republic by a life-long radical, virtually a communist. There is no way that the would be a good thing. Acting stupid does not demonstrate superior dedication to your principles.

Please keep in mind the picture of 0 leaning forward and telling Medvedev that he will have more of a free hand after the election. The current incumbent in that moment was caught telling a truth: he will have more of a free hand if we don’t stop him, and then he and his friends can work their plans almost unimpeded. Do you wish to see that?


17 posted on 04/27/2012 2:30:59 PM PDT by docbnj
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To: SoConPubbie

I’d rather vote for Gingrich than Romney, but he won’t be the nominee. Besides, Gingrich would never win against Obama. The bottom line is, would you rather have Obama or Romney? Whatever you might say about Romney’s liberal policies, he probably won’t nominate Lawrence Tribe to the Supreme Court.


18 posted on 04/27/2012 4:05:14 PM PDT by giotto
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Sarah Palin is supporting Mitt.
She doesn’t want your vote, she’s not running.


19 posted on 04/27/2012 4:11:36 PM PDT by Velveeta (ABO)
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To: Velveeta

If Mitt turns in the Elder Bush .... that is still a much much better fate than we have with the current president. We won’t actually witness the destruction our country by default... damn the principles save the republic.


20 posted on 04/27/2012 4:28:07 PM PDT by pithyinme (Obama stimulus is 5 times the cost & half the satisfaction...)
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To: Velveeta

If Mitt turns into the Elder Bush .... that is still a much much better fate than we have with the current president. We won’t actually witness the destruction our country by default... damn the principles save the republic.


21 posted on 04/27/2012 4:28:23 PM PDT by pithyinme (Obama stimulus is 5 times the cost & half the satisfaction...)
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To: Velveeta

I really don’t care if she is supporting Mitt. I can think for myself and make an independent decision NOT to vote for Obomney and instead write Sarah’s name in.


22 posted on 04/27/2012 4:36:05 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: SoConPubbie
My candidate lost. Just like when I lost a hockey game (which wasn't often playing for Little Caesars) I shook hands with the winner and
moved on.

I didn't sit up in the stands playing YouTube videos of the winning team at their worst.

You belong on DU. Seriously. If you posted 1/10th the vitriol for Obama that you do for Romney I'd accept your posts. But you don't.

I believe you are a Democrat pretending to be a disgruntled Repulican.

Real people are complicated not so filled with hate that they cannot see the real goal.

I supposed you “hated” McCain too, just as much.

If McCain had won do you believe we would be as bad off as we are now? Nevermind I really don't care about you or you opinions. Good luck and God bless.

23 posted on 04/27/2012 4:37:57 PM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: pithyinme

Yep, I agree.


24 posted on 04/27/2012 4:39:42 PM PDT by Velveeta (ABO)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Do you think she would want you to cancel out her vote?


25 posted on 04/27/2012 4:40:48 PM PDT by Velveeta (ABO)
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To: Mikey_1962
I believe you are a Democrat pretending to be a disgruntled Repulican.

I've long suspected that as well.

26 posted on 04/27/2012 4:43:22 PM PDT by Velveeta (ABO)
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To: Velveeta

As long as I’m not voting Left, sure.


27 posted on 04/27/2012 4:48:33 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: TruthHound
Pro Øbama, huh? How long will this tantrum last?

How long did the GOP-E's tantrum last when many of their pet RINOs lost in 2010 in the primaries?

Right through the general election. And their backstabbing was far worse than any anti-Romney postings you will see on FR.

Don't like the decline of post-primary party unity? The GOP-E showed us last cycle that party unity, for them, only applies to them when the RINO wins. They undermined their own position to demand party unity now. Quit blaming FR posters and realize who poisoned the GOP well.

28 posted on 04/27/2012 5:04:54 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Tennessee Nana

IMO those who intend to vote for Romney are really quite clueless about his agenda...and deluded to think our guys will somehow wave their wands and keep him in check....Right...like they did on Obamacare...and the debt ceiling. Romney will do both.

I will vote for neither....I’ll write in and vote down ballot for conservatives. They won’t need my vote anyway as so many democrates will be voting Romney....and are saying just that.


29 posted on 04/27/2012 10:03:51 PM PDT by caww
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