Romney Fees

  FILE - IN this Nov. 10, 2006, file photo, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, speaks to reporters about the state budget at the Statehouse in Boston. David Westervelt, state budget director, watches at left. Romney’s boast that he closed a $3 billion budget gap as Massachusetts governor without raising taxes is a cornerstone of his White House campaign, a way to highlight his pitch for lower taxes and leaner government in a race where federal budget deficits and the slumping economy are hot issues. What he rarely mentions is how he did it. The presumptive Republican nominee and Democratic state lawmakers raised hundreds of millions of dollars for cash-strapped state coffers by approving new and higher fees on everything from marriage licenses to real estate transactions and gun licenses. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)
FILE - IN this Nov. 10, 2006, file photo, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, speaks to reporters about the state budget at the Statehouse in Boston. David Westervelt, state budget director, watches at left. Romney’s boast that he closed a $3 billion budget gap as Massachusetts governor without raising taxes is a cornerstone of his White House campaign, a way to highlight his pitch for lower taxes and leaner government in a race where federal budget deficits and the slumping economy are hot issues. What he rarely mentions is how he did it. The presumptive Republican nominee and Democratic state lawmakers raised hundreds of millions of dollars for cash-strapped state coffers by approving new and higher fees on everything from marriage licenses to real estate transactions and gun licenses. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)

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