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Baker offers new ways to tackle opioid epidemic

Less than two years after signing an opioid abuse prevention bill, Gov Charlie Baker returned Tuesday with a multi-pronged proposal to further ramp up the fight against opioid addiction, including legislation that revives the concept of holding addicts involuntarily for treatment for up to 72 hours...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 9:50am

Politician's plan to serve as mayor and state rep 'incredibly insulting,' Baker says

A state representative's plan to keep his job in the Legislature while also serving as the mayor of Attleboro is "insulting" to voters and his colleagues, according to Gov. Charlie Baker. "I think it's incredibly insulting, to the voters and to the mayors and to the...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:14am

Baker to launch hate crimes task force

Days after new data reported that anti-Semitic hate crimes have increased in New England by about one third over last year, a state task force created in the 1990s to combat hate crimes will be revived Monday. Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to sign an executive order re-establishing the Governor...

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 10:08am

Dems call on Baker to revoke hiring of new MBTA GM

The Massachusetts Democratic Party is calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to rescind the hiring of Luis Ramirez, the former General Electric executive who was recently named as the MBTA’s new general manager. Gus Bickford, chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, said in a statement that he...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 5:00pm

Baker, legislators issue resolution denouncing neo-Nazis

Gov. Charlie Baker and Massachusetts legislators came together Thursday morning to present a resolution condemning white nationalists and neo-Nazis following a rally in Charlottesville that turned violent last weekend. Officials took turns reading out parts of the proclamation, which included...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 1:26pm

Baker files legislation asking for August sales tax holiday

Gov. Charlie Baker is filing legislation Wednesday declaring a sales tax holiday for the weekend of Aug. 19 and Aug. 20. "The sales tax holiday gives consumers a much needed break and supports business across the Commonwealth for our hardworking retailers," Baker said in a statement....

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 11:47am

Baker files bill to allow local police to honor some ICE detainer requests

A push from the Baker administration to respond to a Supreme Judicial Court ruling and reinstate a policy allowing state and local police to cooperate, on a limited basis, with federal immigration detainer requests met stiff resistance from civil liberties activists who questioned the...

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 2:32pm

Baker most popular governor in the country: poll

Though a recent poll showed that the Republican president’s support is slipping, some Republican governors — especially in blue states — are gaining popularity, according to a new poll. And the most popular governor in the entire country? That ranking goes to Massachusetts...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 10:31am

Controversial taxes pitched as funding source for free college in Massachusetts

Higher education students and advocates continued their quest to make public colleges and universities free or debt-free in Massachusetts by asking lawmakers to start by providing one full year of tuition and fees at community colleges, state universities, and the University of Massachusetts system...

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 9:08am

Gov. Baker wants to invest $500M in life sciences

Gov. Charlie Baker is proposing a $500 million investment into the state’s life-sciences sector as part of a five-year initiative that would build on efforts started by his predecessor, Deval Patrick. “We are committed to supporting the public-private partnerships and strategic...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 12:14pm

Massachusetts lawmakers want to raise the smoking age to 21, but retailers question effectiveness

Public health officials and a retailers group tangled Tuesday over raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21, what impact that would have on retailers and whether it would truly discourage teenage smoking. A Rep. Paul McMurtry bill (H 2864) with 104 co-sponsors that would raise the...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 4:36pm

Baker to work with White House on opioid addiction

Update: Gov. Charlie Baker will be among the members of a new commission to combat drug addiction and the opioid crisis, The White House officially announced on May 10.  Baker will be accompanied by another Bay Stater,  Bertha K. Madras, an addiction researcher who previously...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:37am

Baker sees 'massive' loss of federal funds under new House health care bill

The health care bill that Congressional Republicans plan to bring to the House floor for a vote Thursday afternoon would result in "a massive loss of critical funds" for Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker said. A vote on an amended version of the American Health Care Act is expected to...

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 10:59am

Massachusetts lawmakers look to restrict voter-led petitions that could walkback freedom and equal rights

A year after establishing new anti-discrimination and access rights for transgender individuals, Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing to close the door on any initiative petitions that would restrict people's "freedom and equality" rights. An amendment to restrict voter-led petitions...

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 11:45am

Independent oversight a 'bad idea' for marijuana industry, Massachusetts treasurer says

Auditor Suzanne Bump on Wednesday panned the idea of giving oversight of the burgeoning legal marijuana market to an independent authority akin to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, questioning the model put in place six years ago to oversee the expansion of legal gambling. "Bad idea,...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 4:22pm

Charlie Baker is the most popular governor in America – again

Gov. Charlie Baker has reclaimed his title as "Most Popular Governor in America," according to a national poll released Tuesday. The Morning Consult polled 85,000 registered voters across America to evaluate the job performance of their governors from January 2017 through March 2017 to...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 4:44pm

Get a sneak peek of the new Orange Line trains at City Hall Plaza

T riders will get glimpse of what's to come on the Orange Line when the MBTA brings a prototype of the new train cars to City Hall Plaza next week.The trains will be on display in the plaza from Monday to Wednesday, according to an MBTA spokeswoman.It will still be some time until riders see the...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 4:06am

House GOP health care bill 'should not pass,' Baker says

Gov. Charlie Baker staked out a clear position on the American Health Care Act late Thursday night."House delay on AHCA vote is good news. Means concerns raised by Govs fr/both parties & others are being heard. This version should not pass," Baker tweeted at 10 p.m.On Thursday afternoon, the...

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 6:41pm

State wants more federal dollars for needle exchange programs

Facing a rising tide of opioid overdoses and deaths in Massachusetts, the state Department of Public Health is requesting additional funding from the federal government to add more locations where addicts can obtain clean needles.During testimony on the department's proposed fiscal 2018 budget,...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:07am

Tax on pot could generate $100M annually: Officials

Massachusetts revenue officials are expecting a pretty high return when retail marijuana sales begin next summer.The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy held its inaugural hearing on Monday, and officials estimated that taxes on recreational pot could bring in more than $100 million...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 6:53am