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Romney’s plan for manufacturing revival at odds with Massachusetts record

In an attempt to woo blue-collar voters, Mitt Romney has been claiming that he would revitalize America’s manufacturing sector. In New Hampshire, Romney said, “We need to bring back manufacturing.” And in Pittsburgh, he called manufacturing “a great source of vitality for our country.”

 

But under Governor Romney, Massachusetts manufacturing suffered greatly:

  • Manufacturing payroll employment declined by 14 percent between 2002 and 2006—the third-worst record in America and twice the average rate of decline in other states.

  • Romney repeatedly axed funding for workforce training for small manufacturers through the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP). The Boston Globe reported: “Romney’s recent move to slice $425 million from state spending will hamper the efforts of a program that has helped hundreds of small manufacturers compete, survive, and save thousands of jobs.”

  • In 2005 and 2006, Governor Romney vetoed more than $2 million worth of funding for MassMEP’s economic development and operations improvement programs. On top of this record on manufacturing, Mitt Romney has suggested on multiple occasions that President Obama is “out of touch” for simply urging young Americans to go after manufacturing jobs.

And last summer, The Wall Street Journal reported that Romney “appeared to scoff this month, first in Detroit, then in Florida, at the notion of manufacturing as a job engine for the future”—more proof that Romney can’t be trusted when he praises American manufacturing on the campaign trail.