Charlie Baker, Jay Gonzalez Spar Over MBTA In First Debate

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Tuesday night's gubernatorial debate went largely as expected, with Governor Charlie Baker and Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez sparring on a number of issues including the state of the MBTA. Public transportation is one of the priorities for Gonzalez who says it will take money that he's willing to go get. "I'm being honest about the fact that we do need to raise taxes to invest more.," Gonzalez said. "I have a $3 billion dollar plan to do so."

Governor Baker says he inherited the system from Governor Deval Patrick's administration, where Gonzalez was administration and finance secretary and says he's already planning to spend money. "Our plan is to spend eight billion dollars over the next five years on the MBTA. Which will be five billion more than what was spent in the five years before we took office," Baker said. "That's a lot of money."

Baker says that money will be spent on what will improve the quality of service and the capacity of the system for the people who ride it.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Ben Parker reports

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