Romney failed to break the Democratic Supermajority in the MA legislature. This is supposed to render his veto useless, but that only works if enough Dems are on board.
I think there's a lot to gain from passing legislation through Romney's veto. This means finding popular legislation that Romney needs to veto because of the national Republican base that he's courting for his presidential run. I am not too concerned if it's particularly progressive (although that's certainly a plus).
Ideas? (1) Stem cell research is an obvious one. (2) The UMass pay raise that Romney is poised to veto. (3) There's a minimum wage increase bill making its way through the legislature. (4) It's risky, but Blue Mass Group
thinks the legislature (not the court) should repeal the Jim Crow era law they use to stop gay out-of-staters from marrying in Massachusetts -- this would definitely be vetoed.
The Democratic nominees for Governor should also be part of this strategy -- publicly denouncing the veto and then visibly lobbying the stragglers in their own party to get on board.Update: The Fray is pointing
to a Globe article
that reports that Romney is backing away from closing corporate tax loopholes.
Since he took office, Romney has targeted the creative accounting practiced by corporations in the state, generating hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenue (without "officially" raising corporate taxes). These loophole-closings have been enthusiastically endorsed by the Democrat-heavy Legislature, but it's the kind of thing that can land you in the GOP penalty box:
Grover Norquist, the politically influential head of Americans for Tax Reform, said in a telephone interview yesterday that "the way to make Massachusetts job-friendly is not to impose stupid tax laws in a Draconian way."
Just pass it through him.