BOSTON -- Jay Gonzalez is under fire for his refusal to reveal to Massachusetts voters how he intends to raise their taxes. After the graduated income tax plan was struck down by the Supreme Judicial Court this summer, Gonzalez has been struggling to dodge the question of how he'll raise taxes to pay for the $60 billion he's proposed in new spending.
Massachusetts GOP, Jay Gonzalez clash over how much he would spend as governor
By Gin Dumcius
Jay Gonzalez, the Democratic candidate for Massachusetts governor, and the state's Republican Party headed up by Gov. Charlie Baker are in agreement on one thing: Gonzalez, who is challenging the incumbent, is interested in raising taxes.
But the two camps differ on whose taxes would go up and how much he'll be spending.
Gonzalez served as budget chief in Gov. Deval Patrick's cabinet and worked on proposals to raise taxes.
The state GOP has launched an effort through Google search and ads on social media, dubbed "How Will Jay Pay" and saying he's proposed up to $60 billion in new spending through support for Medicare for All, high-speed train service between Boston and Springfield, an extended MBTA Blue Line, and universal pre-kindergarten.
"We do need more money," Gonzalez said. "I am going to be proposing ways to ask those who are doing well in this state to pay more so we can make some of these critical investments that will lift everybody up."
Asked for specifics on taxes and spending, Gonzalez told reporters he plans to release those over the course of the campaign.
"Since he refuses to provide voters with a concrete plan of how he intends to raise our taxes, it's incumbent upon Jay Gonzalez to rule out sales and income tax hikes that hurt working families and our economy like the ones he and his allies proposed during the Patrick Administration," Mass. GOP chairman Kirsten Hughes said in a statement.
"To be sure, if Gonzalez uses his Patrick-era tax hikes as a blueprint, they won't cover all of his $60 billion in proposed new spending - not even close," she added. "And that's what should worry voters the most."
The general election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 6.