GOP Gov. Baker, Democratic Challenger Gonzalez Debate Issues

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger, Jay Gonzalez, have sparred on everything from public transportation and taxes to abortion rights and criminal justice as they squared off for their first debate.

Gonzalez faulted Baker for not being ambitious enough when it comes to upgrading the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Baker said his administration has done the nuts and bolts work needed to prepare the transit system for the future.

Baker criticized a plan by Gonzalez to tax the endowments of the state’s wealthiest colleges and universities like Harvard University and MIT saying it would harm the ability to offer scholarships to lower income students.

Gonzalez said during Tuesday’s debate on WBZ-TV that Baker’s refusal to consider new taxes is holding back the state’s progress.

The election is Nov. 6.

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