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LISTEN: Gov. Baker's State Of The Commonwealth

Jim Levulis
This is a picture of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker speaking in Great Barrington Tuesday.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a first-term Republican, delivered his State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night.

Baker called for improvements in education, transportation and housing Tuesday in his last state of the state address before seeking a second term in office.

In the half-hour speech, the Republican said Massachusetts can't rest on its laurels.

He said while the state has seen a drop in opioid-related overdose deaths, more needs to be done.

He also pushed an initiative to create more housing and said the state is working to increase its reliance on renewable energy and improve transportation.

Baker also said the state needs people to believe in their government.

"This requires among other things, that we commit ourselves to a common decency in our debate and in our dealings with one another and the public," he said.

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