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GONZALEZ SAYS LEGISLATORS REINING IN BAKER'S "EXCESSIVE TAX"

By Matt Murphy

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAY 17, 2017...Democrat Jay Gonzalez, a candidate for governor, went after Gov. Charlie Baker for the second time this week, lambasting the Republican on Wednesday for putting forward a "not well thought out" plan to assess many businesses to pay for a MassHealth spending problem they may not have created. Gonzalez in turn took a jab from Republican Party officials for his role in the Connector Authority's technology meltdown.

Gonzalez, in an interview, said he finds it ironic that the Legislature would have to check Baker on a plan to "tax" employers, highlighting the fact that the Democrat-controlled House and Senate agree that much less money than initially sought by Baker will be needed from employers to cover Medicaid expenses.


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