Charlie Baker

Gov. Charlie Baker
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Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has vetoed $256 million in spending from a nearly $39 billion state budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

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2015 was the first year of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s four-year term, after edging out then-Attorney General Martha Coakley in the 2014 election. WAMC takes a look back at the Republican’s year.

Gov. Charlie Baker speaks at a podium with local officials behind him at the Statehouse
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City and town officials in Massachusetts are applauding a comprehensive effort by the Baker administration to cut red tape and make it easier to run their local governments.  But it faces a long road in the state legislature.

The 200-plus page bill proposed Monday by Governor Charlie Baker would repeal or amend “obsolete” laws, give municipal governments more independence, and reduce state oversight of local decisions.

"This is a very comprehensive piece of legislation that touches almost every element of state-local relationships," said Baker.

  Massachusetts has been under new leadership for more than half a year.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, discusses the Baker administration with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Massachusetts is getting to know its new governor. In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, discusses Charlie Baker with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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Gov. Charlie Baker is proposing more than $500 million in spending cuts to help close a state budget shortfall for the fiscal year ending June 30. The Republican announced the plan on Tuesday, saying it was time for state government to live within its means.

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A New Jersey treasury audit has found Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker did not break pay-to-play rules when he donated to Republicans here in 2011.

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Gov. Charlie Baker says Massachusetts is facing a $765 million budget deficit.

Declaring it was time to write the next chapter in the history of the Commonwealth, Charlie Baker today became the 72nd governor of Massachusetts. The state also has a new lieutenant governor, an office that had been vacant for the last 19 months.

Baker put his hand on the family bible held by his wife Lauren, with their three children at his side, as State Senate President Stan Rosenberg administered the oath of office. It capped a political comeback for Baker and the return of a Republican to the state’s top elected office.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker
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Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker will walk into his new office at the Statehouse next week and confront a sizable shortfall in the state budget.  The amount of the mid-fiscal year budget deficit is in dispute, and Baker’s options for closing it appear limited.

Baker, a former state budget chief in the Weld administration who stressed his ability to master the complexities of state government during his successful campaign, acknowledges the projected budget gap — whatever the size --- poses an early challenge in his first term.

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For eight years, western Massachusetts has enjoyed unprecedented attention from Beacon Hill. But the new year brings a new governor and administration, and some western Massachusetts lawmakers are not too fond of an early move by the governor-elect.

Michael Widmer, a long time Beacon Hill fiscal watchdog will retire early next year. Widmer has run the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation for 23 years.  The group recently issued a controversial analysis of the state’s budget deficit and an annual report on Massachusetts municipal finances.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Widmer.

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Charlie Baker’s first cabinet pick is a Democrat.  The Republican Massachusetts governor-elect has named a respected city administrator to be his economic chief.

Governor-elect Charlie Baker Wednesday named Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash to be his administration’s Secretary of Housing and Economic Development.  A statement from the transition committee praised Ash as “an accomplished local government official who reflects the administration’s focus on job creation, communities, and bipartisanship.”

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Massachusetts Republican Governor-elect Charlie Baker and Democratic legislative leaders are promising to work together to address the state's most pressing issues despite their political differences.

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Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker, just three days removed from his close election victory, visited western Massachusetts today.  He met privately with the mayor of the region’s largest city, and also with a suburban mayor who had endorsed Baker’s candidacy.

The Republican governor-elect and the Democratic mayor of Springfield dismissed their political differences and stressed their mutual interests in economic development and finding innovative ways to improve the state’s public schools.

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Charlie Baker has begun the process of taking over as governor of Massachusetts. The Republican met with Democratic Governor Deval Patrick at the Statehouse Wednesday.

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Republican Charlie Baker will be the next governor of Massachusetts. He beat Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley. It was a close race down to the end.

Republican Charlie Baker has won the gubernatorial election in Massachusetts. Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley conceded early today. Berkshire GOP Chair Jim Bronson was watching returns at Pittsfield headquarters Tuesday night.

"...winning by one vote is just as good as winning by a million, the point is Massachusetts has decided to move in a different direction and elect Charlie Baker, and that’s just tremendous," said Jim Bronson.

Baker is the state’s first Republican Governor after Mitt Romney did not seek a second term in 2006.

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Today’s neck-and-neck election for governor of Massachusetts marks a new political era for the Bay State: Governor Deval Patrick is not on the ballot. But he is invested in the outcome. The Democrat, who is not seeking a third term, has been a vocal supporter of Attorney General Martha Coakley, who faces Republican Charlie Baker in today’s race. Patrick spoke this afternoon with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

It’s the final hours of campaigning in Massachusetts, where polls show Republican Charlie Baker with a slight lead over Democrat Martha Coakley, the state attorney general, in the race for governor. Incumbent Deval Patrick is not seeking a third term. Both candidates are seeking a political comeback after high-profile defeats four years ago. Earlier today, WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with both candidates.

The two major party candidates for governor of Massachusetts, locked in a dead heat with just less than two weeks until Election Day, met for their first face-to-face broadcast debate last night.

Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley and Republican businessman Charlie Baker clashed over taxes and a mandate for earned sick time while defending their records on issues that have been the focus of campaign ads paid for by super PACs.

Massachusetts Gubernatorial Debate

Oct 22, 2014

Full audio from the gubernatorial debate on October 21st between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker.

Audio courtesy of WGBH.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley debates her Republican opponent for governor, businessman Charlie Baker, tonight. WAMC will carry the debate from WGBH in Boston live at 7pm. Both candidates are looking for a political comeback: Baker lost to Governor Deval Patrick in 2010, and Coakley lost a special election for U.S. Senate to Scott Brown in her last statewide race. Ahead of tonight’s debate, Coakley spoke with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Republican Charlie Baker has momentum as the race for governor in Massachusetts enters the final month.  It raises the question: Could Martha Coakley lose another big election?  

       Several recent polls have found the race for governor in Massachusetts is a dead heat between the major party candidates with three independents registering in the low single digits.  A double-digit lead Coakley once  had over Baker has now evaporated.

Dave Roback, Springfield Republican

The five candidates hoping to become the next governor of Massachusetts met in western Massachusetts last night for their first broadcast debate.  With five weeks to Election Day, and polls indicating a close race, the frontrunners played it safe and avoided gaffes.

Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley differed on the need for universal preschool and indexing the gasoline tax to inflation during a mostly cordial hour-long debate in Springfield Monday night that also included the three independent candidates for governor.

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The candidates for governor of Massachusetts will meet in Springfield tonight in the only western Massachusetts debate before Election Day. Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley, independents Evan Falchuk, Jeff McCormick and Scott Lively, and Republican Charlie Baker will take part in the hourlong debate. The latest polls show Coakley and Baker in a neck-and-neck race. Baker spoke today with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

    It’s Charlie Baker against Martha Coakley for the governorship of the Bay State.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that attorneys general have struggled in Massachusetts politics in the past.

    Massachusetts voters last week sent Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker to the general election for governor.

In a Congressional Corner interview recorded the day after the elections, Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he thinks Coakley will make a strong candidate.

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Charlie Baker defeated Tea-Party candidate Mark Fisher in Tuesday's Republican primary. 

Baker, the former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, will head to his second straight general election seeking the governor's seat. Baker lost to Democratic Governor Deval Patrick in 2010 by six percentage points, 42 to 48 respectively. Patrick is not seeking a third term this November.

Baker also served as Secretary of Health and Human Services and Secretary of Administration and Finance under Republican governors William Weld and Paul Cellucci during the 1990s.

Massachusetts Republicans are struggling with fallout from the state party convention. The convention in late March, as expected, overwhelmingly endorsed Charlie Baker for governor.   But, Tea Party candidate Mark Fisher claims he was wrongly denied a chance to challenge Baker for the nomination.  He’s filed suit against the party alleging rules and delegate vote counts were manipulated so that he would not get the required 15 percent of the delegate’s votes to be certified for the primary ballot. 

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