Mitt Romney Vetoed Human Elevator Bill

 The former Massachusetts Governor vetoed a bill allocating money to improve elevators to comply with the American Disabilities Act.


What Romney’s proposed car elevator might look like.


Mitt Romney’s home improvements have been in the news today for ill-timed plans to triple the size of his La Jolla, California home, plans that include adding a car elevator.

His appreciation of elevators in his capacity as a private citizen didn’t show up, however, when he was Governor of Massachusetts. In particular, Romney — like many Republicans — was hostile to requirements for elevators imposed by the Americans Disabilities Act (ADA). In two items flagged by a Democratic operative, Romney vetoed legislation that would have improved elevators for the disabled.

On June 26, 2006 Romney vetoed an improvement project with the price tag of $ 40,000 with his line item veto. The project would have allocated the money to Woburn Development Authority for improvements to an elevator to meet the standards set in the ADA.

Also on that day Romney vetoed an additional $ 25,000 to the Braintree, Massachusetts Council on Aging. The money was again proposed to meet improvements with the ADA.

Romney justified the cuts saying the programs along with others he vetoed “would be nice to have, but which we cannot justify paying for out of rainy day funds. A smaller number of these projects are just pure pork.”

As Governor, Romney kept a private elevator in the statehouse locked exclusively for his personal use. The elevator became a symbol of his distance from the press and the state legislature, as veteran lawmakers complained about a lack of access to the Governor. After Romney finished his term, the elevator was reopened

Author: disabledaccessdenied

I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

11 thoughts on “Mitt Romney Vetoed Human Elevator Bill”

  1. Another reason why Mr. Romney is a self-serving piece of garbage. It is unphathomable to me, how Americans can be blind enough (even Republicans) to ever consider him an option to lead this country.

    1. americans are still so in shock in certain parts of this country, that we have a black president they will vote for any one for any reason to cover their disgusting rampant racist need to keep 1600 pennsylvania ave pure aryian. They would tolerate a morally deficient unapolagetic liar like rommney than ever keep a hard working achiever like Obama in the whitehouse

      1. Judging by the latest Gallop polls, Romney and Obama are literally equal at 46%. I wonder where the remaining 8% of the population are? With each issue that comes up, I just don’t see one instance where any intelligent, honest, thinking person could say they stand with Romney.

  2. It’s bad enough we had to deal with that tourist as our governor. I desperately hope we don’t have to deal with him as president.

  3. I don’t know the details but if the funds where coming from a Rainy Day Fund which typically are when there are disasters and wide city trauma that a fund like that would be used. So I wonder if during the next budget cycle who in the State Congress proposed funding for the (2) Title 6 ADA compliance needs? Does anyone know if the need has been met as of yet?

  4. Remins me of all the handicaped parking spots in front of the gym I go to…Never have I seen one hc person in that place…never once…and 15 parking spots…

    1. yes he did and if he gets control of this country he will put implace sweeping changes the same broom that will sweep out rowe v wade will take out the americans with disabilities act any disabled person who vote republican is taking their own rights away

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