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   Gov. Romney calls for restoration of death penalty; tax cuts

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5/3/2004 12:00 am

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Entered 5/3/2004, Updated 5/3/2004

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From the Statehouse News Service: "...(A death penalty) commission, appointed by Romney last year, recommended Monday that the death penalty be applied for a narrow set of crimes, which include terrorism, the murder of law enforcement officials, multiple killings and murderers who torture their victims. The physical evidence required would have to "strongly corroborate the defendant's guilt," tying the defendant either to "the crime scene, the murder weapon or the victim's body." An independent board would review the scientific evidence, and the Supreme Judicial Court would automatically review all death sentences." - AND - "STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAY 3, 2004.....Citing tax collections that continue to beat budget benchmarks and a projected $250 million surplus in the Medicaid budget, Gov. Mitt Romney on Monday called on the Legislature to lower the income tax rate to 5 percent and to embrace a series of new Corner Office spending proposals. Voters in 2000 agreed to lower the income tax rate to 5 percent, but lawmakers froze the rate at 5.35 percent in 2002 as part of a $1.2 billion package of tax hikes intended to preserve programs and services and minimize local aid cuts in the face of a recessionary economy. The governor's new call for tax relief is likely now to trigger an election-year debate, as well as a new campaign issue, over whether or when to cut or raise taxes and by how much."


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