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."
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"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."