Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill, the independent candidate for governor, said this morning that he wants to create a law that would bar employers from using credit checks to screen job applicants.
Cahill conceded that it’s probably too late to pass the law this year, with the legislative session set to end Saturday, but said he would like to make the change next year to help people get back in the workforce.
"Prospective employers are looking at their credit history and using it as a job qualifier or job disqualifier," he said at a news conference on the steps of the State House. "And we think that’s wrong."
Cahill has been trying to run as a conservative populist in the three-way race, in which polls show him trailing Democratic Governor Deval Patrick and Republican Charles D. Baker, a former health insurance executive.
Cahill also weighed in on the expanded gambling debate that has consumed Beacon Hill for most of the month. Leaders of the House, who favors allowing slot machines at the state’s four racetracks, have been deadlocked in negotiations with Senate leaders, who would like to authorize casinos but no racetrack slots.
“I’m leaning toward the House version,” he said, adding that he prefers full-scale casinos but believes racetrack slots are a good interim step that would boost the economy in the short-term.
Cahill also said that it should be up to the Department of Revenue to decide whether to investigate whether Senator John Kerry owes taxes on a yacht he is docking in Rhode Island.
“It should be a non-political decision,” Cahill said. “If he owes taxes, he should pay them.”
The Boston Herald reported Friday that the Democratic senator was docking the family’s $7 million yacht, Isabel, in Rhode Island, allowing him to avoid for now the prospect of nearly $500,000 in Massachusetts sales tax and $70,000 in annual excise tax. Kerry’s spokeswoman has said he will pay whatever the Department of Revenue determines he owes and that he has not yet determined where he will permanently dock the boat.
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