Charlie Baker

New England News
10:47 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Baker: Massachusetts Facing $765 Milion Deficit

Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

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

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New England News
6:09 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

The Baker Era Begins In Massachusetts

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.

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New England News
12:23 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

First Task For Baker Is To Close Budget Gap

Charlie Baker will confront a budget deficit estimated to be as much as $750 million when he takes office on Jan. 8, 2015
Credit WAMC

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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New England News
6:04 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Some In Western Mass. Feel Slighted By Baker's Transition Team

Governor-Elect Charlie Baker (R-MA.)
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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.

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New England News
12:55 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Outgoing Mass.Taxpayers Foundation President Warns Of Big Budget Deficit

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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New England News
6:07 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Governor-elect Baker Taps Democrat For Top Economic Post

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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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New England News
5:51 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Baker, Legislative Leaders Promise Cooperation

Mass. Republican Governor-elect Charlie Baker
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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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New England News
6:08 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Charlie Baker Makes First Visit To Western Mass. As Governor-Elect

Governor-elect Charlie Baker ( R-MA) arrives at West Springfield Town Hall to visit Mayor Ed Sullivan, an independent, who endorsed Baker in his race against Democrat Martha Coakley
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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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New England News
7:07 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Race Behind Him, Baker Turns Focus To Administrative Team

Republican Charlie Baker has been elected as the next governor of Massachusetts.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

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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New England News
12:13 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Baker Elected Massachusetts Governor In Tight Race

Voters elected Republican Charlie Baker to be the next governor of Massachusetts.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

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.

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