McCain’s Opposition Research – Part 19


Via or from BuzzFeed comes an opposition research file compiled by the McCain campaign in 2008.  The document is 194 pages long.  Pages 27 – 34  had two documents of different font size, one overlaying the other.  This post begins near the top  of 53 and ends in the middle of page 58.

 

I have bolded the first word in each entry for ease of reading.

Experts Agree Romney’s Local Aid Cut Forced Property Tax Increases

“Particularly Painful For Poorer Communities…”

“Many local officials say Beacon Hill’s approach is particularly painful for poorer communities reliant on state help. Compared with income taxes, property taxes place a disproportionate burden on lower-income residents, retirees on fixed incomes, and the unemployed.”

(Scott S. Greenberger, “Property Taxes Leap As State Aid Falls,” The Boston Globe , 10/29/03)

Fall River Mayor Ed Lambert:  “There’s no question that what is happening at the state level is a shifting ofthe burden onto the backs of people who are less able to afford to pay for services. … For the governor to raise his hands and say he doesn’t support increasing taxes on the backs of working people totally ignores what has to happen at the city level and the town level.”

(Scott S. Greenberger, “Property Taxes Leap As State Aid Falls,”  The Boston Globe , 10/29/03)

 

Geoffrey Beckwith, Executive Director Of The Massachusetts Municipal Association, Said Huge Cuts In Local Aid In 2003-04 To Cope With The Fiscal Crisis Continue To Strain Local Budgets And Tax Bases.”

(Brian C. Mooney, “Analyst Puts Increase In Fees, Taxes At $700m,” The Boston Globe , 9/27/06)

 

Beckwith:  “The cuts were so deep in 2003 and 2004 that there are still 113 cities and towns [out of 351]today that still receive less local aid than they did in fiscal year 2002, and that’s without adjusting for inflation.”

(Brian C. Mooney, “Analyst Puts Increase In Fees, Taxes At $700m,” The Boston Globe, 9/27/06)

Beckwith:  “All of this is happening in the context of thousands of people being laid off, larger class sizes, fewer police officers and firefighters, and the stopping of routine maintenance on buildings … So we have both an increase in the local property tax burden and a reduction overall in the full range of local services that are provided.”

(Scott S. Greenberger, “Property Taxes Leap As State Aid Falls,” The Boston Globe, 10/29/03)

Now Running For President, Romney Signed ATR’s “No New Taxes” Pledge But Refused To Sign It In2002 And Did Not Guarantee He Would Hold The Line On Taxes

Romney Signed Pledge As His Presidential Campaign Began.

“Almost five years after he refused to sign a ‘no new taxes’ pledge during his campaign for governor, Mitt Romney announced … that he had done just that, as his campaign for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination began in earnest.”

(Scott Helman, “Romney Finds ‘No New Taxes’ Promise Suits Him After All,”The Boston Globe, 1/5/07)

Media Noted Signing Of Pledge Symbolized His Shift In Focus To GOP Primary Voters.

“Romney’s announcement about signing the pledge came on his first day out of office, and it symbolized what’s now his biggest priority: building support from GOP activists and voters, especially in states with early primaries.”

(Scott Helman, “Romney Finds ‘No New Taxes’ Promise Suits Him After All,” The Boston Globe, 1/5/07)

Romney’s 2002 Refusal To Sign Pledge “Broke With GOP Tradition.”

“Four years ago, Mitt Romney broke with GOP tradition and refused to sign the [Americans for Tax Reform] pledge [to ‘oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes’].”

(Lisa Wangsness, “Healey Will Sign Antitax Pledge,” The Boston Globe, 9/4/06)

“Romney’s Gubernatorial Campaign Spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, Dismissed Such Pledges At The Time As ‘Government By Gimmickry.’”

(Scott Helman, “Romney Finds ‘No New Taxes’ Promise Suits Him After All,” The Boston Globe, 1/5/07)

Romney“Rebuffed” Calls To Sign Pledge, Drawing Wrath Of Anti-Tax Advocates.

“Gubernatorial front-runner Mitt Romney drew the wrath of GOP anti-tax stalwarts … by refusing a ‘no new tax’ pledge to back his levy-cutting promises. Breaking with the past three Republican governors, Romney rebuffed perennial calls by Citizens for Limited Taxation to sign the vaunted pledge.”

(David R. Guarino, “Romney Refuses To Sign CLT’s ‘No New Tax’ Pledge,” Boston Herald, 3/28/02)

Citizens For Limited Taxation’s Barbara Anderson:

“It bodes ill for him to understand a lot of things he will need to understand in order to govern effectively in Massachusetts … You have to have that tool, that club tothe Legislature, to survive.”

(David R. Guarino, “Romney Refuses To Sign CLT’s ‘No New Tax’ Pledge,” Boston Herald, 3/28/02)

In 2002, Romney “Deflected” Question Asking If  FY02 Budget Should Have Been Balanced Without Tax Hikes.

“But Romney deflected a question about whether he thinks this year’s budget should have been balanced without new taxes, saying that if he had been governor, the state would have been spending far less and would have had a larger rainy day fund on hand to close a budget gap.”

(Rick Klein and Yvonne Abraham, “Romney Faults O’Brien On Taxes,” The Boston Globe, 10/4/02)

“[W]hile He Reiterated His Commitment To Rolling Back The Recent $1.2 Billion Tax Hike Within Four Years, He Refused To Rule Out Support For Further Tax Increases.”

(Rick Klein and Yvonne Abraham, “Romney Faults O’Brien On Taxes,” The Boston Globe, 10/4/02)

Romney: “I Can’t Give You A Guarantee” On Not Raising Taxes.

“My position on taxes is very clear: I’m going to fight taxes … [but] I can’t give you a guarantee. We could have a monster come out of the deep and grab Beacon Hill.”

(Rick Klein and Yvonne Abraham, “Romney Faults O’Brien On Taxes,” The Boston Globe, 10/4/02)

STATE FEES

Romney Imposed Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In Fee Increases, Affecting Virtually Everyone In Massachusetts, While Insisting They Were Not New Taxes Romney Imposed Over $500 Million In Fee Hikes During His First Year In Office – More Than Any Other State That Year.

“Massachusetts has picked up another dubious distinction: It has imposed more fee hikes than any other state this year…Of the 30 states the National Conference of State Legislatures found raised fees this year, only nine are bringing in $100 million or more from those fee hikes. Massachusetts $500 million boost even topped the $367 million fee increase in New York, which has a much larger budget.”

(Editorial, “We’re No. 1,” Sunday Telegram, 7/27/03)

Romney Insisted Fees Were Not Taxes:

“Practically no one is spared from dozens of new and increased state fees proposed Thursday by Gov. Mitt Romney, who insisted they are not taxes.”

(Ken Maguire, “Governor Says Proposed New, Higher Fees Are Not Taxes,” The Associated Press, 2/27/03)

Romney’s Fees Cut Into The Benefits Ordinary Citizens Received From President Bush’s 2003 Tax Cuts.

“If the Bush tax cuts revive the stalling economy they will do so in spite of the large fee increases levied by states across the U.S. with Massachusetts leading the way. If anything, these state fee increases not only diminish, but,for some people, even eliminate, the tax cuts passed by Congress and signed by the President.”

(Christopher Boyd,“Fees Put A Crimp On Tax Cuts,” Beacon Hill Institute’s NewsLink, Vol. 8, No. 1, Fall 2003)

Boston Globe: Romney’s Fee Increases “May Have Enhanced [Massachusetts’] Reputation As ‘Taxachusetts.’”

“This time it’s fees, not taxes. Still, Massachusetts may have enhanced its reputation as ‘Taxachusetts.’ A survey of states grappling with spending crises has found that Massachusetts imposed more fee hikes than any other state in the nation this year – at least $500 million. Governor Mitt Romney and the Legislature, faced with a multibillion dollar shortfall, made it more expensive to get a marriage license or a divorce, file a court case, buy a house, renew a driver’s license, or tap into a host of other state services.”

(RickKlein, “Mass. Is Called No. 1 In Fee Hikes,” The Boston Globe, 7/24/03)

Massachusetts Called “The Most Fee-Happy State In The Nation.”

“With Massachusetts emerging as the most fee-happy state in the nation, lawmakers and advocates for groups targeted by fee hikes are lining up topush for some reversals. One bill would make the $100 fee for carrying a firearm valid for life, instead of having to be renewed every four years. ‘It’s ridiculous,’ James L. Wallace, a spokesman for the Gun Owners Action League in Northboro…”

(Shaun Sutner, “Fee Foes Begin Giant-Sized Fight In Legislature,” Telegram & Gazette [Worcester, MA], 7/29/00)

Romney “Rebuffed” Calls To Sign Pledge, Drawing Wrath Of Anti-Tax Advocates.

“Gubernatorial front-runner Mitt Romney drew the wrath of GOP anti-tax stalwarts … by refusing a ‘no new tax’ pledge to back his levy-cutting promises. Breaking with the past three Republican governors, Romney rebuffed perennial calls by Citizens for Limited Taxation to sign the vaunted pledge.”

(David R. Guarino, “Romney Refuses To Sign CLT’s ‘No New Tax’ Pledge,” Boston Herald, 3/28/02)

Citizens For Limited Taxation’s Barbara Anderson:

“It bodes ill for him to understand a lot of things he will need to understand in order to govern effectively in Massachusetts … You have to have that tool, that club to the Legislature, to survive.”

(David R. Guarino, “Romney Refuses To Sign CLT’s ‘No New Tax’ Pledge,” Boston Herald, 3/28/02)

In 2002, Romney “Deflected” Question Asking If FY02 Budget Should Have Been Balanced Without Tax Hikes.

“But Romney deflected a question about whether he thinks this year’s budget should have been balanced without new taxes, saying that if he had been governor, the state would have been spending far less and would have had a larger rainy day fund on hand to close a budget gap.”

(Rick Klein and Yvonne Abraham, “Romney Faults O’Brien On Taxes,” The Boston Globe, 10/4/02)

“[W]hile He Reiterated His Commitment To Rolling Back The Recent $1.2 Billion Tax Hike Within Four Years, He Refused To Rule Out Support For Further Tax Increases.”

(Rick Klein and Yvonne Abraham, “Romney Faults O’Brien On Taxes,” The Boston Globe, 10/4/02)

Romney: “I Can’t Give You A Guarantee” On Not Raising Taxes.

“My position on taxes is very clear: I’m going to fight taxes … [but] I can’t give you a guarantee. We could have a monster come out of the deep and grab Beacon Hill.”

(Rick Klein and Yvonne Abraham, “Romney Faults O’Brien On Taxes,” The Boston Globe, 10/4/02)

Keane:  Some Of Romney’s Fees Were “Broadly Based And Touch Virtually Everyone.”

“Some of those charges … are so narrowly drawn and so directly related to what’s provided that we might view them in the same way we view charges for goods and services from the private sector. But others are broadly based and touch virtually everyone.”

(Thomas M. Keane, Jr., Op-Ed, “Semantics Aside, You Still Pay For It,” Boston Herald, 3/5/03)

Romney Hiked Gun Licensing And Identification Card Fees Romney Signed Budget Quadrupling Gun Fees:

“Also drawing criticism is quadrupling of fees charged to gun owners this year. Under the budget, fees will rise from $25 to $100 for both a firearms identification card and a license to carry firearms, which are required by state law.”

(Casey Ross, “Fee Hikes More Than Nickels And Dimes,” The Patriot Ledger[Quincy, MA], 7/9/03)

Romney Originally Proposed Tripling The Gun Fee.

“Lawmakers, besides approving about $80 million in fee hikes proposed by the governor — including the gun fee, which they raised from the $75 floated by the governor –tacked on another $74 million of their own.”

(Shaun Sutner, “Fee Foes Begin Giant-Sized Fight In Legislature,” Telegram &Gazette, 7/29/03)

“The Fee Increases … Will Make Massachusetts One Of The Most Expensive Places In The Nation To Own A Gun…”

(Casey Ross, “Fee Hikes More Than Nickels And Dimes,” The Patriot Ledger[Quincy, MA], 7/9/03)

Gun Owners React: “It’s A Tax On An Individual’s Right To Bear Arms In Massachusetts … Basically, We’re Being Robbed.”

“The Gun Owners Action League said a proposed firearms registration fee increase … is a tax. ‘It’s not a fee. It’s a tax on an individual’s right to bear arms in Massachusetts,’ said Jim Wallace, a lobbyist for the group. ‘Basically, we’re being robbed.”

(Ken Maguire, “Governor Says Proposed New, Higher Fees Are Not Taxes,” The Associated Press, 2/27/03)

Gun Owners Advocate: Government “Passing The Buck … It Just Shows They Don’t Have Any Answers.”

“‘In general, the government has failed to meet its obligations and now it’s passing the buck,’ said Michael Yacino, executive director of the Gun Owners Action League, which has opposed the fee increases. ‘It just shows they don’t have any answers.’”

(Casey Ross, “Fee Hikes More Than Nickels And Dimes,” The Patriot Ledger[Quincy, MA], 7/9/03)

Romney Increased Fees on First Responders Romney Proposed A New Fee On Volunteer Firefighters, Charging Them $100 Fee For Flashing Vehicle Lights.

“In another move, opponents of a $100 biannual fee that Gov. Mitt Romney slapped on volunteer firefighters last spring have succeeded in getting the administration to rescind the fee. The charge, for the flashing blue and red lights that volunteers affix to their vehicles to identify themselves as emergency workers, will now only be charged if volunteers have more than one vehicle they use to get to incidents.”

(Shaun Sutner, “Fee Foes Begin Giant-Sized Fight In Legislature,” Telegram & Gazette[Worcester, MA], 7/29/03)

State Doubled Certification Fees For Emergency Medical Personnel And Ambulances.

“In April, the state,looking for new ways to raise revenue, doubled fees for EMT certification from $75 to $150 per person.Certification must be renewed every two years. Rates for certifying an ambulance equipped for basic life support doubled from $200 to $400. That certification must renewed every two years. For an ambulance that offers advanced life support, the fee climbed from $300 to $600, and that certification must be renewed each year. The fee to have either of these vehicles inspected also doubled, going from $100 to $200.”

(Clare Leschin-Hoar, “Paying The Price For Safety,” The Boston Globe, 7/24/03)

“The Fee Increases For Emergency Medical Units Apply To The Costs Of Certifying Ambulances As Well As EMTs.”

(Clare Leschin-Hoar, “Paying The Price For Safety,” The Boston Globe, 7/24/03)

Romney Proposed Increasing Fees On Hospitalized Veterans State Sought To Increase User Fees For Long-Term Care At The Chelsea Soldiers’ Home.

“Gov. Mitt Romney is vehemently opposed to raising taxes. Yet new fees proposed in his budget would hit a broad spectrum of people … The changes include … increasing user fees for long-term care at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home.”

(Jennifer Fenn, “Romney Budget Raises Fees, Which Democrats Say Are Taxes In Disguise,” Lowell Sun, 2/28/03)

The Chelsea Soldiers’ Home/Quigley Memorial Hospital Is A State Run Veterans’ Hospital With Acute, Long Term Care And Domicilary Units.

“Eligible veterans are provided a dorm style room with full meal service. As Veterans need more care, they may progress to supervised programs with 24 hour nursing care or may become eligible for Skilled Nursing Care placement on one of the eight inpatient skilled nursing units.We also have a secure Alzheimers’ and Dementia Unit. End of Life care planning is multidisciplinary and individualized to meet the varied needs of the resident.”

(MA Commission on End Of Life Care,www.endoflifecommission.org, Accessed 2/9/07)

Romney Increased Fees To Record Common Real Estate Transactions Increased Fees 337% For Recording Mortgages:

“Last week, Governor Mitt Romney signed legislation that hefiled to dramatically boost registry fees. Romney had asked for the fee hike to help cut the state budget gap and alleviate registry waiting times. Starting March 15, the fee to record a mortgage will go from $40 to $175…”

(Thomas Grillo, “Deeds Office Extends Hours Due To Refinancing Boom,” The Boston Globe, 3/9/03)

Increased Fees 178% To Record Deeds:

“[I]t will cost $125 to record a deed, up from $45…”

(Thomas Grillo, “Deeds Office Extends Hours Due To Refinancing Boom,” The Boston Globe, 3/9/03)

Increased Fees 650% To Record Trusts:

“[A] declaration of trust will increase from $30 to $225…”

(Thomas Grillo,“Deeds Office Extends Hours Due To Refinancing Boom,” The Boston Globe, 3/9/03)

Increased Fees 200% To Record Homestead Declaration:

“[F]iling a homestead declaration to protect a homeowner’s equity from creditors will increase from $10 to $30.”

(Thomas Grillo, “Deeds Office Extends Hours Due To Refinancing Boom,” The Boston Globe, 3/9/03)

Romney Doubled Fees For Birth, Death And Marriage Certificates Using Governor’s Emergency Powers, Romney Doubled The Cost For Copies Of Birth, Marriage And Death Certificates.

“[C]opies of birth, death and marriage certificates from the state Registry of Vital Records and Statistics in Boston will jump from $6 to $12, while copies over the phone or the Internet go from $19.50 to $39.”

(Dan Ring, “Fees: Romney Proposal Not Pleasing To Payers,”  Springfield Union News, 2/8/03; Yvonne Abraham, “Seeking Revenue,” The Boston Globe, 1/31/03)

Romney Imposed Fee On Blind Citizens Romney Charged Fee For Being Blind.

“It now costs to be blind in Massachusetts. The state’s approximately35,000 blind and legally blind residents must now pay $10 annually for a certificate of blindness and $15 every four years for a blind identification card. Without the formerly free documents, blind people cannot take advantage of tax abatements, affordable housing programs, health care services, transportation discounts and other benefits. … The fees originated in February, in Gov. Mitt Romney’s budget proposal for fiscal 2004.”

(Shaun Sutner,“Advocates Fight Fees For The Blind,” Telegram & Gazette, 8/5/03)

Romney Also Proposed Imposing A Fee On The Mentally Retarded.

“The committee will also accept most of the fee recommendations made by Romney, Rogers said, but would not endorse … a new fee for some mentally retarded citizens…”

(Jennifer Peter, “House Leaders Agree With Romney’s Plan To Eliminate Urban Park Agency,” The Associated Press, 4/16/03)

Romney Advocated Higher Fees On Tuberculosis Testing Romney Proposed New Fee For Tuberculosis Testing – And An Even Higher Fee For Testing Positive.

“In Massachusetts, Gov. Mitt Romney (R) has proposed charging $50 for tuberculosis tests – and wants to charge a$400 fee when someone tests positive.”

(Michael Powell and Christine Haughney, “Wary Of Higher Taxes, Officials Boost Fees,” The Washington Post, 4/7/03)

Romney Proposed Higher Fees On Host Of Recreational Activities Golf, State Parks, Ice Skating And Summer Cottages Targeted. “

Under Governor Mitt Romney’s new user fee proposal, players at Canton’s Ponkapoag Golf Course, owners of pond front cottages in Plymouth and Carver’s Myles Standish Forest, and visitors to Easton’s Borderland State Park would help the state raise $60 million to help cover its budget shortfall in the next fiscal year.”

(Judith Forman, “State Fee Plan Targets Golfers, Park Visitors,” The Boston Globe, 3/13/03)

Proposed New Parking Fee At State Parks.  “Among the dozens of proposed fee increases is a $2 parking charge being added at 10 state parks, including Borderland State Park, which sits on the Sharon-Easton line,where the parking had been free.”

(Judith Forman, “State Fee Plan Targets Golfers, Park Visitors,” The Boston Globe, 3/13/03

Golf Season Passes And Daily Fees Increased.

“According to Cahill, various season passes are set to be hit with increases ranging from $50 to $150. Daily golfing fees also would increase either $5 or $10. The fee hikes should take effect early next month, at the start of the golf season.”

(Judith Forman, “State Fee Plan Targets Golfers, Park Visitors,” The Boston Globe, 3/13/03)

Costing More To Play Eighteen Holes:

“Romney has raised golf fees as part of his fiscal year 2004 budget package … Weekday fees now range from $17 to $22 for 18 holes, and $15 to $17 for nine holes. Weekend fees are $25 for 18 holes, $17 for nine.”

(Judith Forman, “Legislature Overrides Veto, Restores Ponkapoag Funding” The Boston Globe, 7/13/03)

Group Skating Fees Were Also Eyed.

“Hourly group skating fees at MDC rinks – including in Quincy, Weymouth, and Milton – also would rise between $15 and $40.”

(Judith Forman, “State Fee Plan Targets Golfers, Park Visitors,”  The Boston Globe, 3/13/03)

Proposed Doubling Of Cottage Fees.

“Some of the fee changes, such as the proposal that targets pond-front cottages within Myles Standish State Forest, are steeper. Cahill said the current cottage fees (last set in 1989),which range from $810-$1,900 per season (Patriots’ Day to Columbus Day), are set to double.”

(Judith Forman, “State Fee Plan Targets Golfers, Park Visitors,”  The Boston Globe, 3/13/03)

Romney Proposed Fee Increase On Driver’s Permits Romney’s Plan: Double The Cost Of A Driving Permit.

“Some fees would impact a small percentage of the state’s citizens; others are more widespread. The governor would increase inmate phone charges at prisons from86 cents to $2, and hike the cost of a driving permit from $15 to $30.

(Jennifer Fenn, “Romney Budget Raises Fees, Which Democrats Say Are Taxes In Disguise,” Lowell Sun, 2/28/03)

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