Romney Record: Strong Fiscal Leadership

Governor Romney Has A Strong Record Of Fiscal Res ponsibility:

The Club For Growth: Governor Romney "Imposed Some Much-Needed Fiscal Discipline On A Very Liberal Massachusetts Legislature."

· The Club For Growth: Governor Romney's Fiscal Record "More Positive Than Negative, EspeciallyWhen One Considers That Average Spending Increased Only 2.22% Over His FourYears." (The Club For Growth, "Mitt Romney's Record On Economic Issues," PressRelease, 8/21/07)

Governor Romney Closed The Nearly $3 Billion Shortfall Without Tax Increases. "When Mitt Romney became governor of Massachusetts in 2003, the state had a budget gap of almost $3 billion and was losing thousands of jobs a month. In Mr. Romney's four-year tenure, the deficit was eliminated without raising the sales tax or the income tax, and since the labor slump hit bottom in December 2003, the state has gained 81,000 jobs." (Pam Belluck, "Romney Candidacy Puts Massachusetts Economy In Spotlight," The New York Times , 3/16/07)

Governor Romney Vetoed Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In Spending:

For All Four Of The Fiscal-Year Budgets That Crossed His Desk, Governor Romney Used The Line-Item Veto Power More Than 800 Times. Over the course of four budgets, Governor Romney made over 300 line-item reductions, 350 line-item eliminations and struck language 150 times. (Chapter 26Of The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts Acts Of 2003, Governor's Veto Message, 6/30/03;Chapter 149 Of The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts Acts Of 2004, Governor's VetoMessage, 6/25/04; Chapter 45 Of The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts Acts Of 2005,Governor's Veto Message, 6/30/05; Governor Mitt Romney, Memo To The Senate AndHouse Of Representatives Of The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts; Fiscal Year 2007General Appropriations Act Veto Items: Line Item Accounts, 7/8/06)

· Beacon Hill Institute Executive Director David Terck: "He Vetoed Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In Spending." (Fox News' "Journal EditorialReport," 3/31/07)

Governor Romney Cut The Size Of Government:

Governor Romney "Attempted To Cut Down On Government Spending By Streamlining Many Duplicative And Wasteful Elements On Beacon Hill." "To his credit, Romney attempted to cut down on government spending by streamlining many duplicative and wasteful elements of Beacon Hill.… Governor Romney successfully consolidated the social service and public health bureaucracy and restructured the Metropolitan District Commission. Romney even eliminated half of the executive branch's press positions, saving$1.2 million."