Mitt Romney’s supporters say his plans for higher education as governor were ahead of their time. But a review of his record reveals sweeping proposals - an overhaul of the public system, steep budget cuts and funding boosts just as dramatic - that all ran into a buzz saw in the Democratic-controlled Legislature. Many were overshadowed by a high-profile battle with the UMass president and former state Senate fixture William Bulger. Supporters say Romney’s plans were ahead of their time.
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