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Jay Gonzalez is Wrong for MA

Jay Gonzalez is Wrong for MA - How will Jay pay for his secret tax plan?  Learn More

He won’t tell us about his secret tax plan. How will Jay pay?

We want 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.

“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 Repeatedly Refused To Answer Questions About How He’ll Pay For His 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)

*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)

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)

SOURCE: Starting with the launch of his campaign in January 2017, Gonzalez began promising the first elements of $60B in unpaid-for spending proposals, a $1.5B annual plan for free pre-K. (Boston Globe, 1/30/2017)

SOURCE: Under pressure, Gonzalez says he will add “some more specifics” to his secret plan to raise taxes.  “’I'll be rolling out some more specifics over the course of the campaign. But we have to ask those who are doing well to pay more.’” (State House News Service, 9/12/18)

Days Since Gonzalez Promised His Tax Plan Would Be Forthcoming:

Days Since Gonzalez Began Promising $60 Billion In Unpaid-For Spending:

SOURCE: Under pressure, Gonzalez says he will add “some more specifics” to his secret plan to raise taxes.  “’I'll be rolling out some more specifics over the course of the campaign. But we have to ask those who are doing well to pay more.’” (State House News Service, 9/12/18)

SOURCE: Starting with the launch of his campaign in January 2017, Gonzalez began promising the first elements of $60B in unpaid-for spending proposals, a $1.5B annual plan for free pre-K. (Boston Globe, 1/30/2017)

Days Since Gonzalez Promised His Tax Plan Would Be Forthcoming:

Days Since Gonzalez Began Promising $60 Billion In Unpaid-For Spending:

We want 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.