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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker

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Gov. Charlie Baker is pushing legislation he says will give Massachusetts greater control over protecting the state's water supply.

The bill, which will be filed Wednesday, would let the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection administer a federal water quality protection program run by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

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With schools closed and many workers encouraged not to travel, the Northeast spent much of the day digging out from the first major storm of the winter.

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      While other states have seen enrollments in health insurance plans through online marketplaces drop, Massachusetts reported a record number of people obtaining coverage.

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       A pay raise package for elected officials in Massachusetts is expected to be finalized this week on Beacon Hill.   While pay raises for public officials are always controversial, this plan has drawn just token opposition.

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        The first Democrat has formally announced a run for governor of Massachusetts in 2018.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says he will veto legislation calling for nearly $18 million in annual pay raises for top lawmakers, statewide elected officials and judges. 

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Gov. Charlie Baker is unveiling a program aimed at helping those looking for work obtain the skills they need to land a job. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker delivers his 2017 State of the Commonwealth address.
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The full transcript of Governor Charlie Baker's State of the Commonwealth address.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

 Massachusetts Democrats are hoping to take a notch out of Republican Governor Charlie Baker's sky-high popularity numbers by linking him to Donald Trump's incoming administration. Baker says he will attend Trump’s inauguration later this month.

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill aimed at delaying the opening of marijuana shops by six months.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is about to embark on the first international trade mission of his administration.

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    Massachusetts voters Tuesday legalized marijuana for recreational use by adults, and soundly rejected a proposed expansion of charter schools in two of the most watched and hotly contested ballot referendums.


        Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a $1.9 million grant award today for a western Massachusetts city to complete a highway project that will allow for an $8 million commercial development.

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Gov. Charlie Baker is joining with officials from Walgreens to announce the creation of 13 drug take-back kiosks.

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   Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has been on a bill-signing spree. He has now put his signature to five major bills that passed the legislature in the final days of formal sessions last month. One of these is intended to make local government more efficient by cutting red tape and giving cities and towns more autonomy.

One clear priority for Gov. Charlie Baker in the final month of the two-year session of the Massachusetts legislature is a bill that revises or repeals hundreds of state regulations that impact how cities and towns operate.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is urging state lawmakers to act on key bills dealing with energy and jobs before the two-year legislative session ends on July 31st.

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The number of homeless families living in hotels and motels at state expense is down sharply in Massachusetts.  Gov. Charlie Baker is making good on a pledge to end the practice.


Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker talked about his administration’s efforts on economic development in a speech to more than 700 business and government leaders in Springfield today. The Republican governor heard an appeal for regional equity from Democratic Congressman Richard Neal.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, appearing to grow more impatient as each day passes, prodded state legislators this week to pass a comprehensive bill designed to address the deadly opioid addiction crisis in the state.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is endorsing Chris Christie for the Republican presidential nomination. Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito will be in New Hampshire Saturday speaking in support of New Jersey’s governor.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker outlined his budget this afternoon, focusing on education and combating opioid abuse while seeking to close a state deficit.

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As Governor Charlie Baker unveils his budget today, Western Massachusetts lawmakers are anticipating more details on his priorities. The Democrats saw pros and cons in the Republican’s first state of the commonwealth address.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker delivered his first State of the Commonwealth address Thursday night. The Republican focused on energy, education and combating the rise in opioid abuse.


An abortion rights group is calling on Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to urge the federal Department of Justice to treat violence at abortion clinics as acts of domestic terrorism.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, who is a strong advocate for more charter schools, recently visited a charter school-like program operated by a public-private partnership in Springfield.

The middle schools in Springfield began a dramatic transformation just about a year ago in a bid to lift the schools out of the bottom academic rung and avert a likely state takeover. The schools were placed under the control of a board with representatives appointed by the city, the state education department, and Empower Schools, a private education company.

Gov. Charlie Baker is launching a $30 million residential solar loan program to help continue the expansion of the renewable power source in Massachusetts.


Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and several of Baker’s cabinet secretaries were in western Massachusetts Friday for a series of tours, meetings and grant announcements in each of the four western counties. 

Baker’s schedule of appearances highlighted his administration’s campaign to combat the opioid epidemic, underscore the importance of military bases to the state’s economy, and showcase an innovative public school.  He also addressed local concerns about the future of the state-owned nursing home for military veterans in Holyoke.


    It took a decade and tens of millions of dollars, but a blighted crime-infested part of Springfield, Massachusetts has been transformed. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is holding it out as an example for the rest of the state.


More than $9 million in state funding has been awarded to three western Massachusetts cities to pay for infrastructure such as new sewer and water mains and streetscape work needed to support housing and other economic development projects.

The state grants will help support an effort to repair and preserve one of the oldest public housing complexes in the nation located in the city of Holyoke, convert an old mill building in Chicopee into loft apartments, and reconfigure one of the most dangerous traffic intersections in the region: the “Six Corners” in Springfield.