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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker today announced funding awards for rental housing development across the state and highlighted a pilot program to open new preschool classrooms.  He did both during a visit to Holyoke. 

Baker announced funding to build or preserve almost 1,500 apartments at 23 projects in 15 communities across the state. He made the announcement at one of the sites chosen—Lyman Terrace, a 76-year-old, 167-unit public housing complex in downtown Holyoke, where tenants fought a plan a few years ago to demolish their homes.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker today announced state funding to advance construction projects at two community college campuses in western Massachusetts.

Baker announced $2.5 million and $3 million to Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College, respectively, to modernize and repair a building on each campus. The funding awards are part of a “fix it first” strategy announced by the administration in June for dealing with the state’s infrastructure needs.

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The Massachusetts child welfare agency is under scrutiny once again following the death of a 2-year - old child who was in a foster home.  Governor Charlie Baker said improving the Department of Children and Families is his top priority.

Baker, who campaigned on a promise to reform the state’s child welfare agency, launched an investigation Monday into the foster care case, calling it “tragic and frustrating to us all.”

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says police should be able to use an individual's immigration status to help protect local communities.

Baker said Thursday that he opposes creating statewide protections for immigrants in the country illegally, saying that option should be left to cities and towns.

Baker says Massachusetts communities have taken different approaches in dealing with immigrants, adding that local officials are best positioned to make those decisions.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is ordering his administration to take steps that would make public records more accessible and lower the costs of obtaining those records.

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Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo collected more than $415,000 in campaign donations during the first half of the year — far more than during any six-month period for the powerful Democrat.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed his first state budget into law this afternoon. The Republican is touting it as a product of campaign promises.

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Governor Charlie Baker filed a bill Thursday that calls for the purchase of hydroelectric power by Massachusetts utilities.

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Massachusetts lawmakers have given final approval to a compromise $38.1 billion budget and sent it along to Gov. Charlie Baker for his signature.

The spending plan includes measures aimed at strengthening management of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and requiring lawmakers to sign off before public money could be spent on a potential 2024 Olympics in Boston.

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A state budget agreement has been reached on Beacon Hill, one week into the new fiscal year in Massachusetts.  Votes are scheduled this afternoon in the House and Senate on a $38.1 billion budget for fiscal year 2016.  

Governor Charlie Baker will have 10 days to act on the budget. He can sign it, or veto all or parts of the budget.

State Representative Stephen Kulik of Worthington is part of the six-member conference committee that produced the final budget deal Tuesday night.  He spoke this morning with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

  Massachusetts has been under new leadership for more than half a year.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, discusses the Baker administration with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has been in office for roughly 100 days – already facing numerous winter storms, deficits over $1 billion and the failure of greater Boston’s transit system. Still the Republican is getting the thumbs up from many citizens and legislative Democrats.

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Governor Charlie Baker has formally asked the federal government to declare a disaster in 10 Massachusetts counties after a record-setting series of winter storms.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has created a task force aimed at ending chronic unemployment among minorities, veterans and people with disabilities in the Bay State.

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Roughly two months after taking office, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has released his first budget proposal. The Republican aims to close a $1.8 billion shortfall.

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The governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are teaming up to look for ways to increase the region's reliance on renewable energy while expanding natural gas capacity.

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Gov. Charlie Baker has signed an emergency declaration allowing him to request help from neighboring states as Massachusetts struggles to dig out from a spate of heavy snows.

Baker signed the declaration Monday as a third storm dumped upward of two feet of snow in portions of the state.

Baker also declared a partial snow day on Tuesday applying to non-emergency state workers in the hardest hit areas of Massachusetts, including Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Middlesex counties.

          The third major snowstorm in as many weeks hammered New England Monday, setting snowfall record totals in eastern Massachusetts where some roofs gave way under the weight of the snow. The state’s largest public transit system came in for sharp criticism from Governor Charlie Baker.

             Baker dropped by a highway maintenance depot in Boston Monday afternoon to thank weary snowplow drivers who have been working with few breaks since the first flakes from the latest storm started to fall late Saturday.

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Gov. Charlie Baker says metro Boston's aging MBTA subway lines will be operating on an "abbreviated" schedule and not normal workday times. Commuter trains will attempt to maintain a weekday schedule, but delays are likely.

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