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January 07. 2012 9:04PM

Romney's record: Ran down Mass., hiked its taxes

We had occasion to be in Boston last week. In a chat with a well-respected physician, we asked about former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney. The answer was very interesting.

The doctor, a Democrat, had no problem with the “Romneycare’’ that has now morphed into the national “Obamacare.’’

He said that at least it had about 90 percent of Bay Staters receiving some health insurance.

What he resented, the doctor said, was that Romney spent so much of his time as governor of Massachusetts in bad-mouthing that state. We know that in running for President as a claimed conservative, Romney is doing that now. We were surprised that he was doing it when he was supposedly heading the state’s government.

The physician used a term for Romney that we have heard often, but more so from younger people.

“He’s plastic.’’

Most media and voter attention on Romney’s time as Bay State governor has focused on Romneycare. But as national columnist Deroy Murdock noted in the Union Leader last Friday, it is Romney’s record for raising taxes and fees that should be cause for conservatives’ concern.

Not only did he hike the taxes paid by New Hampshire residents and businesses with work in Massachusetts; Romney also raised corporate tax rates, in some cases more than doubling them.

In 2006, Murdock notes, the Public Policy Institute of New York rated Massachusetts the fourth costliest state in which to practice free enterprise. Overall, he increased taxes by $740.5 million.

“Romney seems stuck at 25 percent support among Republicans,’’ Murdock concludes.

“That’s because 75 percent of GOP voters simply don’t trust him. There are at least $740.5 million reasons not to trust Romney on taxes, either.”


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