Incumbent Deval Patrick isn’t running for a third term as governor of medtech-heavy Massachusetts, and Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker are battling it out to take his place.
Both candidates oppose the medical device tax and say they would urge members of Congress from Massachusetts to repeal it, but they differ as to how they would deal with the tax if it remains in place. Baker’s campaign told MassDevice.com that he supports a tax credit to offset the device tax for medtech companies based in the state and would prioritize a special commission to study the idea. Coakley told the publication she would be willing to consider a credit to offset the tax but would prefer to see it changed at the federal level.
Baker is currently leading by an average of 3 points in the polls, according to Real Clear Politics.
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