Thursday, May 01, 2003

Romney Flips on State Gov't Re-Org

Just two months ago, the Fraud Governor promised to work with the Legislature to re-organize state government.

The Globe reported that 'While Romney aides stress that the administration now plans to file a single, sweeping restructuring bill, the governor said yesterday that he is open to reconsidering that move. He said he will use whatever approach has the greatest chance of success, raising the possibility of filing several bills. "If there are adjustments that need to be made in order to secure the necessary support, we'll make those adjustments," Romney said. "There are very few times when I'm going to propose something that's locked in concrete, where there's no opportunity for me to learn, or compromise, or fashion adjustments to make it more palatable to a wider group of legislative votes." (source: Boston Globe, 2/19/03)

But yesterday, Romney admitted that he would rather posture and fight a losing battle with the legislature than cooperate and seek real reform.

Responding to legislators who asked that Romney's plan be submitted in smaller parts that can be voted on separately, the Fraud Governor said he will file a single proposal that must be considered on an up-or-down basis. "I'm not going to step aside. I'm going to be in there fighting for the things I believe in. I know some people don't want it that way, but this is a time for change." (source: Boston Globe, 5/1/03)


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