24 Fees Mitt Romney Tried To Raise In Massachusetts
Mitt Romney often hits President Obama for calling for tax increases on the wealthiest Americans. But a Democratic source forwards to this rather lengthy list of fees Romney raised in Massachusetts. He was struggling to close a budget gap without raising taxes; but many of which citizens of the state saw them hidden tax increases nonetheless.
A Fee on the Blind
attempted to impose a $10 fee for a state certificate of blindness and $15 for a photo id card, but the Legislature got rid of the plans.
A Fee for the Mentally Handicapped
proposed a fee on mentally retarded citizens of $100 to pay for an intake assessment at the Department of Mental Retardation. The assessment was previously free. The test was to determine their eligibility for state services. The legislature rejected Romney's proposed fee.
A Fee for Having Tuberculosis
proposed a $50 fee for tuberculosis tests and wanted to charge a $400 fee if the person tested positive.
A Fee on Volunteer Firefighters and EMTs
proposed a $100 biannual fee on first responders for the ability to flash their vehicles lights. Romney doubled fees for the certification of EMTs from $75 to $150 per person. The cost of certifying an ambulance equipped for basic life support doubled from $200 to $400.
A Fee for Golfing
Romney attempted to
raise golf season passes from $50 to $150. Daily golfing fees went from from $17 to $22 for 18 holes, and from $15 to $17 for nine holes.
A Fee for Cremating the Dead
Romney increased the fee for a cremation inspection from $50 to $75.
A Fee for Prison Phone Calls
A Fee for Driving Permits
Romney Quadrupled Gun Fees
A Fee on Cottages
The Romney administration
doubled the fee to use a cottage in a state park from the price originally set in 1989.
A Fee for Barbers
Romney increased the fee for a master barber license application from $38 to $57 and the fee to renew a barber's license from $45 To $68.
A Fee on Hairdressers
Romney increased the fee for a hairdresser shop license application from $75 to $113.
A Fee on Pharmacists.
A Fee on Psychologists
Romney increased the fee for a psychologist license from $100 to $150 in 2003.
A Fee on Realtors
Romney increased the fee to get a real estate salesman license from $18 to $27 and the fee to renew a license from $45 to $68.
A Fee on Home Inspectors
Romney increased the fee for a home inspector license from $225 to $338 and increased the renewal fee from $150 to $225.
A Fee on Auto Repair Shops
jogero.com / Via web.archive.org
Romney increased the fee for a motor vehicle repair shop license from $100-a-year to $450 for a three year license.
A Fee for Changing Your Name
A Fee on Milk
Romney increased the fee for milk laboratory certificate from $75 t0 $150.
A Fee on Funeral Directors
Romney increased the fee to renew a funeral directors license from $56 To $84.