On Groundhog Day, Dem Guv Wannabes Push Four Years Of Tax Hikes

Voters See Shadow Of Tax-Hiking Records Of Gonzalez, Warren

BOSTON - This Groundhog Day, Massachusetts voters have another spectacle to watch that's closer to home than Punxsutawney: The nascent Democrat primary for governor.

"Forget another six weeks of winter, Democrats Jay Gonzalez and Setti Warren are promising four years of tax hikes for the people of Massachusetts," said MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes. "Voters can see the shadows of Gonzalez's and Warren's tax-raising records, and it doesn't bode well for their wallets." 

Jay Gonzalez Raised Taxes Under Patrick, Wants To Raise More

Gonzalez was Governor Patrick’s point person on budget and finance issues as Patrick raised taxes by $1 billion and proposed an additional $2 billion tax increase.

Gonzalez and Patrick raised taxes by $1 billion. (Matt Viser, "Patrick stresses upside of tax hikes," Boston Globe, 6/27/09)

Gonzalez and Patrick proposed an additional $2 billion in new taxes. (Dan Ring, "Gov. Deval Patrick calls for increase in Massachusetts' income tax, cut in sales tax," Springfield Republican, 1/16/13)

Gonzalez supports a hike in the income tax, and wants even more taxes on top of that. "The first Democrat to officially join the 2018 race, Gonzalez said he supports the proposed 'millionaire's tax,' a 4 percent surtax on household incomes above $1 million that's likely to appear on the 2018 ballot, and said the state needs 'new revenue.'" (Matt Stout and Chris Villani, "Dem gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez: State may need new taxes," Boston Herald, 1/30/17)

Setti Warren Hiked Newton Property Taxes, Now Pushes Higher Income Tax

Since Warren has been mayor, the average single family property tax bill in Newton has ballooned by 29%. (2010 Average - $8,320 | 2016 Average - $10,728)

Warren supports raising the state's income tax. (WCVB, "On The Record with Setti Warren," 1/29/17)