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Tue Oct 30, 2012, 01:01 PM

Mitt Romney Vetoed Flood Prep Funding In 2004, Blamed For Subsequent Flooding ~ Huffpo

Mitt Romney Vetoed Flood Prep Funding In 2004, Blamed For Subsequent Flooding

WASHINGTON -- In the spring of 2004, Peabody, Mass., got drenched with rain, which flooded the downtown area. After the storm, then-Gov. Mitt Romney asked President George W. Bush to declare Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk Counties federal disaster areas, according to the Boston Globe.

That fall, the state legislature proposed spending $5.7 million on a flood prevention project to protect against future floods. Those funds would be matched by $22 million in federal money.

Romney vetoed it.
This week, Romney has come under fire for suggesting that the federal government get out of the business of disaster relief. But his record in Massachusetts doesn't lend much support to the suggestion that states can handle it alone.

During the time of the Peabody fight, John Barrett, then the Democratic mayor of North Adams, was the vice president of the Massachusetts Mayors Association. He said the issue of flooding in Peabody was critical and that local officials had reached out to the legislature for help. "Every time it rained, it wiped out their downtown," Barrett told HuffPost.

Barrett chalked Romney's veto of the Peabody project up to a lack of familiarity with infrastructure in the state.

"This was not unusual for him. He didnít understand infrastructure improvements. It was just the bottom line. He never visited communities. He never understood the issues. He never sat down with mayors or city managers. He never understood why those things were in the budget," Barrett said. "That money was requested by locals. It was a major league problem.Ē

... More at link: Huffington Post



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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 01:07 PM

1. Willard's first question is 'will it put money in my pocket?'

'If no, then it is not needed nor good'

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 01:07 PM

2. NOW , they are finally examining his record as Gov of Massachusetts.

 

There is so much to expose starting with his 800 vetoes in four years. Elections have consequences

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 02:09 PM

3. This news needs to get out there.

 

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Response to Democratopia (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 02:47 PM

4. I hope it

will.

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 11:38 PM

5. "His understanding of why you have government, I don't think he ever had it."

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