... Gov. Baker to speak at Mintz Levin pharmaceutical summit on May 8 ...... Student loan collection bill on Senate's agenda for Thursday ...... Senate supplemental budget (S 2481) likely to receive approval on Thursday ...... Judiciary Committee has until May 2 to vote on sexual harassment, drugged driving bills ...... Baker returns Garden of Peace proposal with amendment, cites constitutional concerns ...... Solomon McCown hosting May 1 panel on "Enlightened Leadership During This Cultural Reckoning" ...... Poll: nearly two thirds of U.S. adult citizens will stay away from polls for mid-term elections ...... Sabadosa to kick off campaign for House seat Sunday in Northampton ...... Scaccia: tax credits to "richest people" in film industry are denying state Treasury $818 million ...... Daily Show's Trevor Noah to perform at UMass Lowell on Oct. 5 ...... Baker, Walsh chairing Asian American Civic Association gala in Boston June 22 ...... Baker asks feds for longer lookback at driving records of commuter rail operators ...... AG Healey to address Greater Boston Chamber breakfast on Thursday morning ...... Eric Donovan of Dorchester is Baker's pick for clerk magistrate in Brighton court ...... Former Sen. Barrios pays $19,500 to General Fund to resolve campaign $$$ problems ...... Rep. Calter is latest to leave Legislature, will take town administrator's job in Kingston ...
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WHILE GOP TOUTS TAX LAW, BAKER SEES ONLY "WILD GUESSES" [+VIDEO]

By Matt Murphy
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

BOSTON, JAN. 9, 2018....Members of his party are campaigning for public office touting the benefits of the GOP-led tax reform, but Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday it could be years before it's possible to know whether the Republican plan has a net benefit to Massachusetts.

Gov. Charlie Baker spoke Tuesday at the unveiling of the MGH Kraft Center for Community Health's mobile health program. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

Baker expressed concerns during the Congressional tax debate, particularly about the possible elimination of the state and local tax deduction. The law capped the SALT deduction at $10,000, and Baker said after it's passage that some of the potential adverse affects had been "mitigated" in the final bill.


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