MassGOP Launches “How Will Jay Pay?” To Help Gonzalez Explain To Voters How He’d Raise Taxes

BOSTON -- Today, the MassGOP launched “How Will Jay Pay?” an ongoing series to help Jay Gonzalez identify which new taxes he will raise to come up with the $60 billion in new spending he’s promised. Gonzalez has spent months refusing to answer basic questions about how he’ll pay for his plans, so over the next few days, the MassGOP will help jog Gonzalez’s memory about his Beacon Hill record of tax hikes and gimmicks.

As part of the series, the MassGOP is running Google Search and social media ads directing back to HowWillJayPay.com, which will remind voters about Gonzalez's refusal to produce a plan to raise their taxes before the election.

“Jay Gonzalez expects voters to elect him before he tells them how he’ll raise their taxes, with the former state budget chief saying he can’t possibly come up with a plan before the election,” said MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes. “So the MassGOP is here to help with, ‘How Will Jay Pay?’ an ongoing effort to remind Gonzalez about his Beacon Hill record of tax hikes and gimmicks, so he can come up with a plan to pay for his $60 billion in new spending.”


Background:

Gonzalez Has Recklessly Proposed As Much As $60 Billion In New Spending

Single Payer Health Care: $35 Billion (Promise | Cost*)
Universal Pre-K: $1.48 Billion (Promise | Cost)
North-South Rail Link: $12 – 21 Billion (Promise | Cost)
East-West Rail: $554 – $660 Million (Promise | Cost)
South Coast Rail (Electrified): $3.4 Billion (Promise | Cost)
Extended Blue Line: $737 Million – $1 Billion (Promise | Cost)


Gonzalez Has Repeatedly Refused To Answer Questions About How He’ll Pay For His Spending

Gonzalez In An Interview With WGBH’s Jim Braude: BRAUDE: “Assuming you are the candidate, you are going to say to the voters, ‘I am going to raise your taxes progressively but I am not going to tell you how I am going to raise them and how much until I am elected and I go to the Revenue Commissioner and he or she will let me know?’

GONZALEZ: “So I am telling voters that I hear them when they tell me that they are done with our transportation system that doesn’t work for them.

BRAUDE: “Yeah but what’s the answer to my question?

GONZALEZ: “I am going to propose a way, to ask those who are doing well-

BRAUDE: “But not before election day?

GONZALEZ: “You can't have a detailed proposal for how to do this where you understand what the consequences of it are in terms of revenue and impacts on which people are impacted without the Department of Revenue doing that. So what I’m saying that they will know based on my campaign, I will come up with a proposal to raise additional revenue from those who are doing well in the state who by the way, pay the lowest percent of their income tax here in Massachusetts.

BRAUDE: “But not the specific plan until you’re Governor?”

GONZALEZ: “Yep.” (Jay Gonzalez Wants A Progressive Alternative To Millionaires Tax, But Can't Specify Details Until He's Elected,” WGBH, 7/11/18)

Gonzalez In An Interview With Herald Radio: "I don't have a specific detailed proposal at this point and it's going to take working with the Department of Revenue as governor very quickly to come up with a thoughtful proposal." (Source)

Gonzalez At The WGBH Debate: “But asked specifically how he would do that, Gonzalez said only that he would ask the Department of Revenue to give him options, and he would look at unspecified corporate tax breaks.” (Shira Schoenberg, “Policy differences emerge between gubernatorial candidates Bob Massie, Jay Gonzalez on rent control, congestion pricing,” Springfield Republican, 8/16/18)


Democrat Bob Massie On Gonzalez’s Lack Of Plans: “This Is a Huge Cloud Of Vagueness” (Democratic Gubernatorial Debate, WGBH, 8/16/18)

 


*Single Payer Healthcare: Based on formula produced by Beacon Hill Institute (“Proposals for Universal Health Care in Massachusetts: Do They Exceed the Recommended Dosage?” Beacon Hill Institute, 11/2/2000)

Total Health Care Expenditures in Massachusetts (2014): $71.27B (“Health Care Expenditures by State of Residence (in millions),” Kaiser Family Foundation)

Portion Of Total Expenditures From Private Insurance And Out Of Pocket Costs: $43.263B (60.7% of $71.27B) (“Total Health Services - Percent of persons with an expense, mean expense per person with an expense, and distribution of expenses, by source of payment, United States, 2010,” Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

LESS: Assumed Cost Savings: $7.275B (adjusting BHI cost savings for CPI inflation)

Total Single Payer Cost: $35.96B

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