Romney Vetoes State Insurance Study

July 9, 2006: Special Panel Would Review GIC Plans - Governor Mitt Romney has vetoed language under outside section 104 of the state’s FY07 Budget that would create a special insurance task force charged with completing a comprehensive review of the current insurance benefits offered by the state Group Insurance Commission.

Inserted in the budget by House leaders and agreed upon by the Senate, the Association would be one of a handful of organizations with a seat on the task force.

Romney claims the “special commission”, which would consist of thirteen members, impedes upon his executive powers and is unnecessary.

With less than three weeks remaining in the formal legislative session, House and Senate Leaders are expected to act promptly to override a number of Romney vetoes.

Also on its way back to the governor’s desk, is S2462 which contains language granting the veteran’s bonus to accidentally disabled state and teacher retirees, along with a section allowing so-called “03” employees to buy back up to four years of creditable service. Last Thursday the governor sent the bill back to the Legislature with an amendment striking the “03” buyback. Using flawed logic, Romney claimed the buyback was a “giveaway” that could not be justified.

“It is not surprising that Governor Romney continues to attack public retirees and employees at every turn. The amendment to S2462 was soundly rejected and we expect the health insurance vetoes to be overriding in a bipartisan fashion as well,” said Association Legislative Liaison Shawn Duhamel. “The governor’s moves are so out-of-line that his own party does not even support him.”