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Jay Gonzalez in Pittsfield during a recent campaign stump.

Farley-Bouvier Backs Gonzalez For Governor

By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is backing Jay Gonzalez for governor.
 
On Wednesday, the Pittsfield Democrat endorsed the former secretary of administration and finance in under Gov. Deval Patrick's administration. Gonzalez is running in the Democratic primary against environmental and civic activist Bob Massie and former Newton Mayor Setti Warren.
 
"He is committed to being the governor of the whole state and we've lost that since Gov. Patrick," Farley-Bouvier said of Gonzalez. "He understands that the Berkshires have been left behind and he understands the details of economic development in Berkshire County."
 
In particulular, Farley-Bouvier said, Gonzalez's priority on early education stands out and the Pittsfield progressive Democrat likes that he is not only progressive but also pragmatic.
 
During Gonzalez's time with the Patrick administration, he chaired the Massachusetts Health Connector Board and later took a job with Celticare Health and New Hampshire Healthy Families. 
 
Farley-Bouvier said she decided to endorse early in the year because "I think 2018 is going to be an important one. I think it is important organization starts early." 
 
The Democratic winner of the primary is expected to take on Republican incumbent Charlie Baker.
 
 
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Gonzalez Stumps For Governor In Pittsfield

Jay Gonzalez has adopted the mantra "aim high" when it comes to his race for governor. The Needham Democrat is putting forth a progressive agenda for Massachusetts, which he outlined to the activist group Indivisible Pittsfield on Monday. Gonzalez was the latest of the three Democratic candidates in the gubernatorial race right now to visit the group.

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Jay Gonzalez sees a lack of leadership coming from the governor's office. The Needham Democrat says when it comes to transportation, health care, and early childhood education, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is happy with "the status quo."

 


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Pittsfield Continues Tax Classification Hearing Over Free Cash

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

Mayor Linda Tyer says she wants to focus on building reserves. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday continued the tax classification hearing after clashing with the mayor over how much free cash should be used to offset the tax rate.
 
At the end of a nearly three-hour meeting, councilors and Mayor Linda Tyer were at a stalemate with the majority of the council unsatisfied with Tyer's $750,000 compromise.
 
"We are taking this out of the pockets of our taxpayers and putting it into the city coffers," Ward 5 Councilor Donna Todd Rivers said. "I know that's how it works but at this moment we can afford to give some of that savings back."
 
The original proposal was a residential tax rate of $19.99 per $1,000 valuation and a commercial rate of $39.96 per $1,000 valuation, which holds the residential rate to a 57 cent increase and the commercial rate to a 2 cent increase.
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