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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.