10 November 2006

Romney Again Vetoes Spending

Our esteemed executive has taken the opportunity, while spending a few hours actually in the commonwealth he was elected to govern, to ... well ... govern, kind of. In what has become something of a ritual, Willard has picked up his pen and overruled the Legislature again, freezing state spending. This move comes after the Leg had already over-ridden his vetoes of this same spending months ago. Granted, the money is meant to come from the state's Rainy Day Fund, and that might not be a great idea, but the money would be going to fund health care and education initiatives.

I'm of the mind that we're not taxed highly enough in this country or in this state and that our government should be providing more services than it does presently. I realize that this puts me at odds with many people, including many of my friends and most of my family. I don't think the government should be the only provider of those services, but that it should offer some baseline of support for those who need it or choose it. Government spending generally is not the problem, in my mind, but rather the efficiency with which the government spends and what the government is spending its money on. In this case, the government is attempting to fund crucial health care and educational programs, and Romney is blocking those attempts. Basically, the guv wants our commonwealth to be filled with stupid, sick children ... but what does he care, he's not around anyway. How long until Deval Patrick takes office again?

And, yes, I'm a big-government, tax-and-spend liberal. I'm not going to apologize.

3 Comments:

Blogger Askinstoo said...

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10 November, 2006 20:19  
Blogger lecollye said...

Yeah, pretty much.

10 November, 2006 22:33  
Blogger lecollye said...

FYI:
·$28,000,000 for salary reserve to provide for a 2-3 % raise for direct care workers who are among the lowest paid workers in the state. Each and every day thousands of these men and women provide care and support in a professional and caring manner for children and adults in need throughout the state. Many of these people do so for less than $10 an hour and deserve better treatment than this.
·More than $600,000 from the Children’s Trust Fund. This money funds our Healthy Families program which provides services to children at-risk in the community. This program reaches out into the community to assist parents in accessing necessary services and teaches them to better care for the physical and emotional needs of their children
·Almost $10,000,000 from the Department of Mental Retardation budget that provides community supports for individuals with developmental disabilities helping them lead more independent and productive lives

16 November, 2006 15:00  

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