The Associated Press

Democrat Rules Out New Taxes In Economic Plan

BOSTON — Democratic candidate for governor Joseph Avellone has released an economic development plan and says he’s the only Democrat in the race who is willing to rule out any new, broad-based taxes.

The business executive and former Wellesley selectmen said Wednesday that Massachusetts can afford new spending initiatives by reducing the cost of health care in the state budget.

Avellone claims he’s the only “fiscal moderate” in the Democratic race which also includes Attorney General Martha Coakley, state Treasurer Steven Grossman, former homeland security official Juliette Kayyem and former federal health care official Don Berwick.

Avellone’s plan calls for closing the so-called skills gap in the state’s workforce through better coordination with state universities, community colleges and vocational schools.

He also calls for regional innovation centers to help grow small businesses.

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