Apparently his idea of disaster relief means that the states should wait to help victims until the Fed kick in their dollars. Sort of a reverse state rights thing.
here is a link to the news site, it's a pay for an archive article, and won't show unless you pay.
And here is a link to Daily Kos about the 2006 Editorial
The Lowell Sun
We find it inconceivable that Gov. Mitt Romney claims the state can do nothing to help those residents still struggling to rebuild homes and businesses after the May flood.Massachusetts is sitting on millions in unspent emergency funds from Hurricane Katrina and more than $1 billion in cash reserves, yet Romney has failed to even respond to the Lowell delegation's requests to discuss additional aid for victims.
The governor's spokesman -- since Romney can't be bothered to comment now that the photo opportunities have dried up even though some residents' basements haven't -- said the state will not consider spending its own money for flood victims until it's clear how much cash the federal government will give.
It's been two months, governor. Many Massachusetts residents are still living in temporary housing or trying to rebuild destroyed basements and first floors, racking up credit-card debt and taking out home-equity loans.
What's wrong with fronting the money and having those loans repaid when, and if, federal agencies come through with more cash?
If ignoring the pleas of legislators and constituents is the way Romney's going to handle a crisis situation, why would anyone vote for him for president? How would he handle a national crisis, by flying in for photo ops and then hiding in his White House office?
The Lowell delegation came up with a plan that includes five ways to channel additional state aid to residents who lost property and possessions to the floodwaters. They're good ideas that deserve consideration. They include: one-time grants of up to $10,000 each for those without flood insurance; one-time grants from Mass. Development for small business owners; and tax deductions.
If Romney wants to tout his Bay State experience in a run for president, he would be wise to make sure he has something to brag about. Helping residents rebuild their homes and businesses would be a good start.