Charlie Baker

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

MBTA floats options amid backlash over potential service cuts

Last week, MBTA officials presented the tough medicine the agency could take to zero-out its $42 million structural deficit, including slashing weekend commuter rail trips and special service for disabled passengers.On Monday, MBTA officials offered up some options that might make the paratransit...

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 4:39pm

Pro-pot lobby prepared to spend more to defend Massachusetts law

Marijuana advocates spent millions of dollars to put a legal marijuana law in place in Massachusetts last year, and indicated Monday they are willing to spend more to protect the law approved by almost 1.8 million voters.Beacon Hill leaders have made clear they intend to change the law —parts of...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 11:46am

Men more likely to be victims of frauds, scams: Report

Digital natives who grew up after the birth of the Internet are more susceptible to a variety of scams intended to drain cash from victims with emailed promises of money orders, according to a recent study, and it is older men who more often fall prey to phony tales of romance, investments and...

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 7:45pm

Abortion opponents upset with Gov. Baker's comments on Planned Parenthood funding

With Congress talking about blocking federal funding to Planned Parenthood and Gov. Charlie Baker vowing to use state dollars to plug any holes, anti-abortion activists tried unsuccessfully Wednesday to confront the Republican governor over his support for the women's health organization.Carrying...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:07pm

State treasurer asks feds for clarity on pot legalization

As Massachusetts continues its legal pot rollout, itstop marijuana regulator wants answers from the Trump Administration after it hinted at a federal crackdown on recreational marijuana.In a March 7letter to Attorney General Jeff Session, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg asked point blank whether the new...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 11:10am

State should cover early voting costs: Auditor

Massachusetts cities and towns spent an estimated $720,000 to comply with the state’s new early voting law, and the state auditor says the government should be on the hook for the tab.When Massachusetts introduced early voting for the November general election, the state required all cities and...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 5:24pm

Jay Gonzalez is first to announce bid for Massachusetts governor

Jay Gonzalez, a Democrat from Newton and a former state budget chief, has announced his candidacy for governor.Gonzalez, 46, becomes the first person to challenge Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican who is in his first term. The election is still 21 months away.In a statement Monday announcing his...

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 1:33pm

Baker eyes penalties for companies that don't offer healthcare

Companies that do not offer their employees health insurance would pay a $2,000 annual assessment per full-time worker to the state under a plan Gov. Charlie Baker intends to offer later this month to blunt the impact of escalating, enrollment-driven costs in the state's Medicaid program, the State...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 1:16pm