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Baker Touts MA Appeal At California BIO Conference

Gov. Charlie Baker saluted innovation and investment in the health care field during his remarks at the 2017 International BIO Conference in San Diego on Wednesday, laying out his plans to invest in workforce development and foster public-private partnerships and thanking those in the medical industry for doing the work they do.

Health Care Deal ‘Needs To Be Honored’

Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement that the U.S. Senate is “struggling” to find a path forward on a reform bill and emphasized the importance of honoring a deal he negotiated with President Barack Obama’s administration. Baker and many others in Massachusetts are resisting major changes to the Affordable Care Act.

Baker: Income Surtax Already Spent ‘Six Ways To Sunday’

While declining to take a position on a proposed 4 percent income surtax on household income above $1 million, Gov. Charlie Baker in a televised interview Sunday reiterated his general opposition to new taxes and said Beacon Hill leaders should try to solve immediate budget difficulties without seeking more revenue from taxpayers who, he said, are managing their own affairs in the face of low personal income growth rates.

Senate Passes $40.4B Budget

The Senate added just over $50 million in spending over three days of debate to its fiscal 2018 budget bill, unanimously passing the $40.39 billion budget Thursday night in the final session within the historic Senate chamber before it is to be renovated.