Charlie Baker

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Congressional Corner With Tim Vercellotti

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.

New England News
1:35 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Gov. Baker Unveils Spending Cuts Plan

Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

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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New England News
6:00 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Audit Says Massachusetts Governor Didn't Violate Law

Gov. Charlie Baker (R-Mass.)
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

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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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.)
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

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

Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

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
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

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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