Charlie Baker

Massachusetts governor signs measure delaying opening of marijuana retail shops

Gov. Charlie Baker signed a measure on Friday delaying by six months the opening of marijuana retail dispensaries as pro-marijuana groups gatheredoutsidethe Massachusetts State House on Friday to protest the move.The opening of the retail dispensaries was set to take place in January 2018, but...

Friday, December 30, 2016 - 12:37pm

Baker says he will attend Trump inaguration

Gov. Charlie Baker said that he will attend President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, even though the Republican governor did not vote forthe Republican candidate.“It happens once every four years and as governor of the Commonwealth, with an invitation like that, I plan to honor it,” Baker said...

Friday, December 30, 2016 - 9:40am

Sgt. Santa brings holiday cheer to sick children at MGH

The holidays came early to thepediatric unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.And with the holiday cheer, came hundreds of presents for dozens of children who are fighting illnesses.The presents, raised by current and retired local military members, were handed out as part of the annual...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 9:40pm

Massachusetts lawsuit alleges Baker administration denied shelter to homeless mothers

Gov. Charlie Baker has long worked on an effort to reduce the number of families staying in motels at state taxpayer expense.Now, five mothers struggling with finding housing have filed a lawsuit against the Baker administration, alleging that Massachusetts illegally denied housing to its most...

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 9:02pm

Baker avoids layoffs after 900 take buyouts

The Baker administration will not seek government layoffs to address a persistent budget gap after 900 employees took a buyout offer resulting in $12 million in payroll savings this fiscal year and a projected $70 million in fiscal 2018.The results of the buyout program, which was offered by Baker...

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 12:23am

Eversource invests in new offshore wind project

Eversource Energy is moving into the offshore wind energy picture in Massachusetts.In January 2015, the company's predecessor, Northeast Utilities, was one of two utilities that terminated their power purchase agreements with Cape Wind, an energy project planned for Nantucket Sound that has never...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 10:17pm

Baker to slash $98 million from state budget

Lurching from one budget problem to another, Gov. Charlie Baker acted Tuesday to cut $98 million from the $39.25 billion state budget in an effort to match up sluggish state revenues with likely spending, including accounts he says the legislature underfunded.Baker slashed funding for health care,...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 8:11pm

Walsh urges students against staging anti-Trump walkout

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh urged Boston Public Schools students to push off a planned walkout and instead protest President-elect Donald Trump’s administration outside of school hours.Students are planning to walk out of classes at 1 p.m. today. Both Walsh and Boston Public Schools have said they...

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 10:58pm

Mass Dems plan to oust Baker

With the harrowing defeat of this year's presidential election over, Massachusetts Democrats are ready to set their sights on the State House.On the heels of the election, the Democratic State Committee chose Gus Bickford to serve as party chairman, succeeding state Sen. Thomas McGee, WCVB reported...

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 4:31am

Mass. pro-choice groups not giving up fight for reproductive rights after Trump's abortion comments

Massachusetts pro-choice activists are concerned about the state of reproductive rights after President-elect Donald Trump voiced his desire to repeal Roe v. Wade, which would turn abortion rights over to the discretion of individual states.When pressed by CBS’s Leslie Stahl on "60 Minutes" Sunday...

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 3:30pm

Mass. politicians react to the election

While Donald Trump took the majority of electoral votes in the United States on Tuesday, he didn't win Massachusetts. Here, Hillary Clinton won with 61 percent of the vote. Politicians in the commonwealth have been divided on this presidential race, and Gov. Charlie Baker said on Tuesday that he...

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 9:24pm

City Council concerned more MBTA privatization could lead to discriminatory service

Concerns about how more privatization efforts from the MBTA could lead to widespread discriminatory practices of transportation services prompted the Boston City Council on Wednesday to unanimously request a briefing from Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration.Residents have experienced multiple...

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 1:00am

Massachusetts school committee members bring 'No on Question 2' message to State House

Alex Pratt mentions his brother when he voices his opposition to raising the cap on the number of charter schools the state will allow to open each year.His brother was pushed out of a charter school because it didn’t offer special education, he said Monday outside the Massachusetts State House.“...

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 11:41pm

New rape evidence law in sync with sexual assault statute of limitations

Rape kits and other forensic evidence of sexual assault will need to be preserved for 15 years in Massachusetts under a law Gov. Charlie Baker signed Wednesday, a move that supporters hailed as a step towards bringing justice to rape survivors."I remember walking out of the hospital the morning...

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 1:06am

Michael Bloomberg gifts Museum of Science $50 million

As a kid growing up in Medford, Michael Bloomberg would spend his Saturdays at the Museum of Science. From when he was just eight years old, Bloomberg, 74, would take a bus from West Medford to Sullivan Square and then a train to Lechmere in order to get to the Museum.“I looked forward to that trip...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 2:28am

Lawmakers send rape kit preservation bill to Gov. Baker

Evidence in sexual assault or rape cases that have not yet been reported as crimes would be required to be preserved for at least 15 years under a bill the Legislature on Tuesday delivered to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk.In practical terms, the bill (H 4364) is designed to ensure that evidence...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 2:09am

Baker: DCR deputy who used sirens showed 'terrible judgement'

Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he was "appalled" by the actions of a former top state parks official, confirming that video showed him driving with lights and sirens on.Speaking to reporters outside an event at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Baker said that Matt Sisk, the former deputy...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 2:03am

State DCR official resigns after reports of vehicle misuse

A top official at the state Department of Conservation and Recreation has resigned after being accused of inappropriately using the siren and emergency lights of his state vehicle.DCR Deputy Commissioner Matthew Sisk stepped down from his $112,000-a-year position Friday, a department spokesman...

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 10:26pm

Prince and Princess of Denmark visit Boston

Denmark's Crown prince and princess spent two days in Boston as part of a trade mission, according toThe Associated Press.Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary met with Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker during their two-daytrip.A pleasure to welcome HRH Crown Prince Frederik &...

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 12:23am

Baker wants retribution probe results 'as soon as possible'

Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday labeled allegations that a member of his administration sought retaliation against a staffer whose fiance launched a bid to unseat a Republican state senator "unbelievably disturbing."His office was made aware of the claims about 10 days ago, Baker said, and has...

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 12:30am