Governor debate

By Amanda Sands
Published: October 2010

The four Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates responded to a variety of pressing issues at an action on October 17 hosted by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), a nonprofit group of diverse political activists with common goals.

This forum was held at Temple Israel in Boston, where over 1,200 people showed up to hear the candidates and to show support.
The gubernatorial candidates drew straws to determine the order in which they would speak.

The four candidates running are Democrat and incumbent Deval Patrick, Republican Charlie Baker, Independent Timothy Cahill, and Green-Rainbow Party candidate Jill Stein.

In the final days leading up to election day, November 2, polls show that Patrick and Baker are in tight competition for the title, with Patrick in the lead at 43 percent and Baker trailing closely behind at 39 percent. With the poll’s 4.3 percent margin of error, however, either candidate could be in the lead.

Cahill received eight percent of the votes, while Stein received two percent.

The questions on the election ballot involve removing the 5.25 percent state sales tax on alcoholic beverages, allowing comprehensive permits for low- or moderate-income housing, rather than separate permits, and reducing the state sales and use tax rates from 6.25 percent to three percent.

At the end of the forum, the four candidates were asked to sign GBIO’ s Questions 2 & 3 Initiatives Statement, a promise to oppose both ballot questions. Question 2 is about the repeal of Affordable Housing Law and Question 3 is about the decrease of Massachusetts sales.

Candidates answered the following questions at the GBIO forum:
1) What to do about the status of Haitian refugees in Massachusetts.
2) What to do about the inner city youth violence.
3) The candidate’s plans to resist unlawful banking practices in Massachusetts.

Charlie Baker:
Republican Charlie Baker proposed that the Massachusetts government work with the federal government to provide Haitian immigrants with temporary work status and more permanent board.

“It is not appropriate, he argued, “To spend excessive amounts of money on homeless families living in hotels. We can think of better strategies.

On teen violence, Baker strayed from the original question and dwelled in to the specifics of the merit of public trials and the District Attorney’s inadequate budget.

He finally announced that he would aid charter schools and increase the number of policemen to help curb violence in urban areas.
Baker expressed interest in helping local banks and small businesses to counter the influence of prominent lenders.

Deval Patrick:
Democratic incumbent Deval Patrick, like Baker, stated that displaced Haitians should be allowed to work; “Until authorization happens, stabilization cannot happen, Patrick said.

He argued that fixing problems with violence is not solely the responsibility of the government’€the most important thing we can do, he said, is “act like adults. Patrick clarified his position by taking a stance favoring improvement of district schools rather than charter schools.

On the issue of unlawful banking Patrick supported the government’s oversight of privately controlled agencies to control reckless investments.

In his conclusion Patrick quoted Winston Churchill, “We are entering a period of consequences, he said, and ended by asking those present to engage in the election. “I’m not fighting for my job, he said. “I’m fighting for yours.

Jill Stein:
Green-Rainbow Party candidate Jill Stein began with a rallying cry to “raise the bar even higher on the government’s strengths.
She supported giving Haitians working status, saying, “We owe it to them! Then, she spoke of economic inequality: “It’s not that there’s no money…it’s that it’s all at the top.

To combat violence, Stein proposed an $18 million supplement to the current $8 million currently being spent to keep urban youth off the streets.

Stein advocated moving funds out of the four largest lenders to crack down on usury and to bring interest rates down from 18 to 10 percent. She plans to help homeowners renegotiate mortgages and aid small businesses.

Stein attacked economic inequality and condemned charter schools. Most important to her were restoring funds to “critical programs and establishing single-payer healthcare to benefit all citizens.

Timothy Cahill:
The independent candidate, Treasurer Timothy Cahill, spoke next, agreeing with the other three candidates by saying “The best social program is a job.

He encouraged the relocation of Haitians in Massachusetts from hotels into more “livable situations.

Cahill addressed inner-city violence by emphasizing the importance of crime prevention, and planned to hire more police officers and rebuild urban schools.

On the third issue of corrupt banking, he announced that he had been using his title as treasurer to forge relationships with three of the four major banks: Citigroup, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo. Cahill said that has yet to compromise with JPMorgan Chase.
Further plans included investing state deposits in smaller banks.

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