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Gov. Baker gets 'C' in environmental report card

A coalition of environmental groups, for the third year in a row, has awarded the Baker administration a passing but average grade for its environmental protection efforts, knocking officials for not moving the needle from year to year. Grades in the report card, issued by six groups, range from...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 9:44am

Gov. Baker will seek greater penalties for serial sex offenders

As the case of a convicted child rapist who is set to be released from prison continues to make headlines, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday that he plans to file legislation shortly to increase penalties for serial sex offenders. Wayne Chapman was sentenced in 1977 to serve 30 years in prison for...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 4:02pm

State Police eliminate Troop E, will start body camera program after overtime pay scandal

The Massachusetts State Police department announced Monday that it is eliminating Troop E, a standalone section of the department that monitored the Massachusetts Turnpike, after an audit showed disparities between overtime pay and overtime shifts actually worked by those troopers. Members of...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 3:57pm

Gov. Baker will join Northeast gun safety coalition

A day after four of his Democratic counterparts announced a gun safety coalition, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signaled plans to join their data-sharing group. Separately, Attorney General Maura Healey plans to join her Democratic counterparts Monday in Washington to tout steps states have taken...

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 9:48am

Gas pipeline opponents urge Baker to 'break up' with industry

Clean energy advocates on Wednesday delivered a Valentine's Day message to Gov. Charlie Baker, handing one of his aides a bouquet of roses and a stack of red construction-paper hearts with the handwritten message, "Break up with gas pipelines." Addressing the group gathered outside...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 4:23pm

Baker: 'no way' Rosenberg should regain Mass. Senate presidency if chargesare true

New allegations of a breach in the supposed "firewall" between Sen. Stanley Rosenberg and his husband while the Amherst Democrat was leading that chamber prompted one Democratic candidate for governor on Monday to call for Rosenberg's resignation and Gov. Charlie Baker said that, if...

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 4:09pm

Mass. voters say MBTA is faring better in winter weather: Poll

The winter of 2015 will forever linger in Boston commuters’ minds, sparking fear whenever new flakes fall that the T will simply shut down, unable to handle the weather. In the years since, Gov. Charlie Baker and MBTA officials have focused on improving the transit system, promising in...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 10:55am

Gov. Baker, Polito will seek second term in 2018, advisor says

Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will run for re-election in 2018, according to a senior political advisor, marking an expected, but significant turning point as Baker's political team begins to take steps to build the campaign apparatus that will be necessary to win another four...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 9:36am

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