The Associated Press August 17, 2010, 4:15PM ET

GOP's Baker pledges not to raise gas tax in Mass.

Republican gubernatorial contender Charles Baker says he will not raise the state gasoline tax if he's elected governor of Massachusetts.

He made the pledge Tuesday, as he criticized Gov. Deval Patrick for refusing to make a similar pledge during a debate a day earlier. The Democratic incumbent has also refused to take a broader no-new-taxes pledge.

Baker says "raising taxes has not worked." He points to 100,000 jobs lost over a term that has seen eight different Patrick administration tax increases.

Instead, Baker says he wants to cut state spending and streamline business regulation. He was joined at a Statehouse news conference by two businessmen who complained about onerous regulations.

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