AIM and Denterlein Worldwide yesterday wrapped up a series of forums with the candidates for governor with Republican candidate, Charlie Baker. The forum series gave candidates the opportunity to discuss their approaches to business and economic issues with a small audience of executives from throughout the commonwealth.
Mr. Baker yesterday covered topics ranging from the regulatory process and budgetary planning to health care reform, education and taxes. AIM President and Chief Executive Officer Richard C. Lord introduced the program.
AIM has posted segments of candidate remarks at these forums to give employers an opportunity to hear directly how each intends to steer Massachusetts out of the deepest recession in 80 years. Please share on our blog, your questions for any of the gubernatorial candidates, and AIM will attempt to secure a response.
Governor Deval Patrick visited the forum in March. State Treasurer and Independent candidate Timothy Cahill visited the forum in April. Click the links below to hear their remarks.
State Treasurer and independent candidate for Governor Timothy Cahill argued today that Massachusetts state government maintains an "upside-down" system of fiscal incentives that punishes conservative financial management and rewards irresponsible spending.
Mr. Cahill told business leaders attending the second of three AIM/Denterlein Worldwide gubernatorial candidate forums that he would stimulate job growth by lowering both corporate and individual taxes. The commonwealth can cut taxes and maintain services, he said, in much the same way that the school building program overseen by his office has used efficiencies to expand school construction through lean financial times.
"We are not a competitive state when it comes to the cost of doing business ... But not many people on Beacon Hill know that," Mr. Cahill said.
Asked about his status as an independent candidate, Mr. Cahill responded, "The message is that the two-party system is no longer solving our problems. People are fighting from the left and from the right and bickering is not helping the economy, which is the number one concern."
Mr. Cahill opposes the Cape Wind project approved Wednesday by federal regulators on the grounds that it will increase electricity costs for Massachusetts consumers and employers. He believes that resort casinos represent the most reasonable method for extending the gaming that has taken place through the Massachusetts lottery for the past 30 years.
On this issue of controlling health care costs, Mr. Cahill drew a parallel to the Big Dig construction project - when consumers don't know the cost of a service, the price generally increases.
AIM and Denterlein Worldwide yesterday kicked off a series of forums with the candidates for governor as incumbent Deval M. Patrick said that his administration has made the difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions required to ensure the long-term stability of the Massachusetts economy.
The forum series is intended to give candidates the opportunity to discuss their approaches to business and economic issues with a small audience of executives from throughout the commonwealth. Governor Patrick yesterday covered topics ranging from health care reform to educational achievement to tax policy in an interview format with retired WBZ political reporter and Denterlein Worldwide executive John Henning.
AIM President and Chief Executive Officer Richard C. Lord introduced the program.
AIM will post segments of candidate remarks at the forums to give employers an opportunity to hear directly how each intends to steer Massachusetts out of the deepest recession in 80 years. Please post your questions for Governor Patrick, or any of the challengers, and AIM will attempt to secure a response.
State Treasurer and Independent candidate for governor Timothy Cahill will visit the forum in April. Republican challenger Charles Baker has also been invited.