2004Governor Romney vetoed a bill that would have banned state contractors from outsourcing state work overseas. [Boston Globe, 6/26/04]
“To save a little bit of money, we're actually putting people out of work here and sending this work to India, and employing those people with taxpayer dollars.”—Massachusetts State Sen. Jack Hart, who sponsored the anti-outsourcing budget measure Romney vetoed [Boston Globe, 6/18/04]
2005Under Romney, Massachusetts outsourced jobs in child support enforcement, food stamps, and unemployment insurance overseas. [GAO report, “Offshoring In Six Human Services Programs,” 3/2006]
“When Romney was governor of Massachusetts, his administration signed a $160,000-per-month contract with Citigroup to operate an electronic food stamp system that included a consumer call center in India.”[Boston Globe, Political Intelligence, 5/1/12]
“Last week, representatives from the Commonwealth’s Human Resources Division confirmed that approximately $1 million in Medicaid data entry work has been outsourced to a firm in India for several years. As a governor who promised to bring jobs to Massachusetts, you must be as disturbed by this news as I am.”Letter to Mitt Romney from SEIU/NAGE Local 207 President Theresa McGoldrick, 5/20/2004
“These are Massachusetts jobs providing services for the people of Massachusetts. To stay competitive and stay strong we have to stop sending Massachusetts jobs overseas or to other states. And our citizens' hard-earned tax dollars should stay right here and benefit the people of Massachusetts.”—Senator Ted Kennedy [Boston Herald, 2/23/06]
Romney now says that as president, he would eliminate taxes on the foreign profits of U.S. firms. He hasn’t called for the elimination of a single corporate loophole, not even tax breaks for moving operations overseas. His plans would encourage U.S. companies to outsource jobs—worsening unemployment, middle-class security, and the economy.