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By Katie Lannan

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JUNE 14, 2018...Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and efforts to impose a higher minimum wage and a new income surtax all remain popular with less than five months to go until the November elections, according to a new Suffolk University poll, which forecast a tighter contest around the potential repeal of a transgender public accommodations law.

The survey of 500 likely voters, released Thursday and conducted between June 8 and June 12, found more than 66 percent of respondents back ballot questions that would gradually raise the $11 minimum wage to $15 an hour and institute a surtax of 4 percent on incomes over $1 million to fund transportation and education.

A Supreme Judicial Court decision could keep the so-called millionaire's tax off the ballot, and legislative action could preempt the minimum wage hike.

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