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Raise minimum wage from $8 to $10.50, but not $11/hour

Baker "declined to endorse" raising the state minimum wage to $11 an hour. He called for a smaller increase of $10.50 an hour.

Baker declined to endorse a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage from $8 to $11. Increasing the minimum wage would reduce the number of employees a business can hire and the number of hours it could afford to have employees work, he said. (Sentinel & Enterprise, 1/10/2014)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker and lieutenant governor candidate Karyn Polito are traveling around Massachusetts this week promoting an economic plan that would increase the state minimum wage but offset that with tax credits for small companies. Part of Baker's plan is raising the minimum wage from $8 to $10.50 an hour. (The Republican, 6/12/2014)

Source: Mass IEPAC: Research Profile on Charlie Baker, p. 25 , Sep 1, 2014

Lower minimum wage for teens; maybe $7 to $9 instead of $11

Baker has proposed a lower minimum wage for "workers who are at training levels and teenagers"--somewhere between 60 and 80 percent of the minimum wage.

A number of states have special minimum wages for workers who are at training levels and teenagers, said Baker, a former state budget director and onetime health insurance executive. "It's usually set somewhere between 60 and 80 percent of what the minimum wage is," Baker said, adding that most teenagers are not primary wage earners and that they often have difficulty finding work. Baker declined to endorse a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage from $8 to $11. Increasing the minimum wage would reduce the number of employees a business can hire and the number of hours it could afford to have employees work, he said. Baker has said in the past he would be open to increasing the minimum wage as long at it was tied to other measures, such as unemployment insurance reform. (Sentinel & Enterprise, 1/10/2014)

Source: Mass IEPAC: Research Profile on Charlie Baker, p.198 , Sep 1, 2014

Change direction on job losses and tax increases

Governor Patrick has long boasted his record of job creation as rationale for deserving a second term. [But] the state announced yesterday that Massachusetts lost nearly 21,000 jobs in the month of September--the largest loss of jobs in one month in nearly 20 years. And a further look at the job figures as they compare to the rest of the nation paints another ugly picture for Massachusetts:"Governor Patrick's record of job losses and tax increases is crystal clear," said Charlie Baker. "And given these latest figures it's clear what he will do with another four years--he will raise taxes and Massachusetts will lose jobs. The only way to change the direction of Massachusetts is to change governors."
Source: 2010 gubernatorial campaign website press release , Oct 22, 2010

Other governors on Jobs: Charlie Baker on other issues:
MA Gubernatorial:
Bill Weld
Dan Wolf
Deval Patrick
Don Berwick
Karyn Polito
Lawrence Lessig
Martha Coakley
Marty Walsh
Richard Tisei
Steve Grossman
Tom Menino
Warren Tolman
MA Senatorial:
Brian Herr
Bruce Skarin
Ed Markey
Elizabeth Warren
Gabriel Gomez
John Kerry
Martha Coakley
Mo Cowan

Gubernatorial Debates 2017:
NJ: Fulop(D) vs.Lesniak(D)
VA: Gillespie(R) vs.Wittman(R) vs.Northam(D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2016:
DE: Bonini(R) vs.Carney(D)
IN: Pence(R) vs.Gregg(D)
MO: Hanaway(R) vs.Brunner(R) vs.Kinder(R) vs.Greitens(R)
MT: Bullock(D) vs.Perea(R) vs.Johnson(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.McChesney(D)
NC: McCrory(R) vs.Cooper(D) vs.Spaulding(D)
ND: Dalrymple(R) vs.Stenehjem(R) vs.Becker(R) vs.Heitkamp(D) vs.Pomeroy(D)
NH: Hassan(D) vs.Bradley(R) vs.Sununu(R) vs.Lavoie(R) vs.Connolly(D) vs.Dextraze(I)
OR: Brown(D) vs.Bell(D) vs.Niemeyer(R) vs.Pierce(R)
UT: Herbert(R) vs.Johnson(R) vs.Cook(D)
VT: Shumlin(D) vs.Minter(D) vs.Dunne(D) vs.Scott(R) vs.Lisman(R) vs.Smith(D)
WA: Inslee(D) vs.Bryant(R)
WV: Kessler(R) vs.Cole(D)
Newly-elected governors (first seated in Jan. 2015):
AK-I: Bill Walker
AR-R: Asa Hutchinson
AZ-R: Doug Ducey
IL-R: Bruce Rauner
MA-R: Charlie Baker
MD-R: Larry Hogan
NE-R: Pete Ricketts
OR-D: Kate Brown
PA-D: Tom Wolf
RI-D: Gina Raimondo
TX-R: Greg Abbott

Lame ducks 2015-16:
DE-D: Jack Markell
(term-limited 2016)
KY-D: Steve Beshear
(term-limited 2015)
LA-R: Bobby Jindal
(term-limited 2015)
MO-D: Jay Nixon
(term-limited 2016)
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
(retiring 2016)
WV-D: Earl Ray Tomblin
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