TAXESRomney: “As governor I cut taxes 19 times and didn't raise taxes.”
—Mitt Romney [Iowa debate, 8/11/2011]
The Reality: As governor, Romney increased taxes and fees by as much as $750 million per year. [Factcheck.org, 1/31/08]
During his first year in office, Governor Romney proposed higher fees for hospitals, nursing homes, motor vehicles, buying a house, the blind, disabled people, and getting married, and that first year Massachusetts increased fees more than any other state in the nation.
For the average person in Massachusetts, that meant an increase of $1,227 in state and local fees and taxes.The Tax Foundation, 8/7/08
Governor Romney raised a gas tax in Massachusetts by 400%.Fox Boston, 5/25/10
While increasing fees and taxes for middle-class families, Governor Romney cut taxes for 278 of the state’s wealthiest individuals, costing taxpayers more than $75 million.Boston Globe, 11/10/05