Charlie Baker on Tax Reform
Baker took the Norquist pledge (signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, as did his running mate for Lt. Governor Richard Tisei) and even declared "Read my lips: No new taxes".
In the 2014 race, Baker is promising he will never cut Local Aid as Governor. He has explicitly dropped the 5-5-5 plan and says he won't be taking the no-new-taxes pledge this time around (though he still is against any tax hikes). Baker voted in favor of tax hikes the only time he has ever held elective office (as a Selectman).
"The eight tax increases of the past four years have cost Massachusetts jobs," said Baker. "Governor Patrick and Treasurer Cahill have been advocating for and pushing for those higher taxes for the past four years and it's time for a new team to take Massachusetts in a new direction."
Baker and Tisei have signed the "No New Taxes' pledge, reinforcing their plans to turn Massachusetts' economy around by reforming and restructuring state government, rather than raising taxes. Baker supports reducing the income tax, sales tax and business tax rate to 5 percent and will push for those tax cuts upon taking office.
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VA: Gillespie(R) vs.Wittman(R) vs.Northam(D)
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IN: Pence(R) vs.Gregg(D)
MO: Hanaway(R) vs.Brunner(R) vs.Kinder(R) vs.Greitens(R)
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ND: Dalrymple(R) vs.Stenehjem(R) vs.Becker(R) vs.Heitkamp(D) vs.Pomeroy(D)
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OR: Brown(D) vs.Bell(D) vs.Niemeyer(R) vs.Pierce(R)
UT: Herbert(R) vs.Johnson(R) vs.Cook(D)
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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
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DE-D: Jack Markell
KY-D: Steve Beshear
LA-R: Bobby Jindal
MO-D: Jay Nixon
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
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