JAY GONZALEZ FOR GOVERNOR
The MTA Board of Directors has voted
overwhelmingly to recommend Jay
Gonzalez, the Democratic candidate
running against incumbent Republican
Governor Charlie Baker.
“Jay is a strong supporter of public
schools and public higher education,”
said MTA President Merrie Najimy.
“Unlike Baker, Gonzalez has taken a bold
position in favor of raising new revenues
through progressive taxes that ask more
of our wealthy residents in order to fund
the common good, at the core of which
are our public schools and colleges.”
Gonzalez wants to raise $1 billion in
the short term to begin investing in
public schools, colleges and public
transportation. Over the longer run,
he wants to raise another $2 billion
from the wealthiest residents of the
Commonwealth. Gonzalez was a strong
supporter of the Fair Share Amendment,
which would have raised a projected
$2 billion a year by increasing taxes on
annual incomes over $1 million.
Baker declined to commit himself on the
Fair Share Amendment. His education
secretary actively opposed it, and in
June the state Supreme Judicial Court
— the majority of whose members were
appointed by Baker — blocked the
question from the ballot. Gonzalez said
that if elected, he will advocate to have a
revised version of that proposal placed
on the ballot and will actively support it.
Gonzalez supports public schools over
privatized charter schools. He opposed
Question 2, the 2016 ballot question to
lift the cap. He continues to be against
charter school expansion and in favor
of keeping the cap and fully funding the
charter school reimbursement account.
Baker campaigned tirelessly on behalf of
charter schools in 2016 and continues to
strongly support them.
Concerned about skyrocketing debt
among students who attend public
colleges and universities, Gonzalez has
pledged to support initiatives that would
guarantee students a debt-free college
education. Baker has not. Gonzalez
also supports criminal justice reform,
stronger gun safety laws and addressing
climate change. He is a strong opponent
of President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant platform.
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