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Report: Member of Gov.-elect Charlie Baker's transition team resigns over unpaid taxes


BOSTON — A member of Massachusetts Gov.-elect Charlie Baker's transition team has stepped down following questions of unpaid taxes.

The Boston Globe reported Saturday that Richard L. Taylor — a former state transportation secretary and Baker's choice to play a prominent role helping oversee his transition to the governor's office — has unpaid tax and business judgments of more than $1 million.

Taylor also lost his home three years ago when Bank of America foreclosed on his Chestnut Hill residence.

Taylor told the Globe his financial issues are solely linked to his failed Popeyes chicken franchise business. He said he is paying off the taxes and business debts,

Aides to Baker said Taylor hadn't revealed the financial problems.

Baker and Taylor both served in the administration of former Gov. William Weld.

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