... Baker suggests structure to shed light on purpose of legal fees paid by Legislature ...... Mass Home Care says Senate health care bill proposes largest funding cut in program's 43-year history ...... After saying he planned to stay on, Attleboro mayor-elect Rep. Heroux plans to resign his House seat ...... Baker says current English language learning law working well for thousands in Massachusetts ...... Contraception bill was good opportunity for Mass. to "send a message" to others, Baker says ...... Sen. Chandler to Gov. Baker at contraception bill signing: "Thank you so much for supporting our work" ...... Women "we will never know about" will make family planning choice thanks to new law, Rep. Haddad says ...... Veteran Rep. Kaufman, 70, of Lexington, will not seek re-election in 2018 ...... Home care bill heads back to Baker with workers still concerned about their own privacy considerations ...... MTF releases look at health care trust funds ...
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By Matt Murphy


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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