Charlie Baker

Strapped to the status quo express

Strapped to the status quo express

We can’t keep running away from the need for new revenue

MASSACHUSETTS HAS A PROBLEM talking candidly about its transportation revenue needs. This is not a new problem.  We have been in its grip for decades, and the result has been public policy based largely upon timidity, small and largely ineffective steps, and creative sound bites. Beginning in 1991, governors have often gone to great lengths(...)

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Gonzalez follows millionaire tax playbook

Gonzalez follows millionaire tax playbook

Dem wants to join Trump in taxing college endowments

DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE Jay Gonzalez crafted a tax plan that attempts to draft off of the popularity of the millionaire tax, but instead of taxing well-to-do individuals he intends to tax nine wealthy, private colleges and universities. Gonzalez is proposing a 1.6 percent tax on college endowments greater than $1 billion, an initiative he says(...)

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Baker, Gonzalez should oppose health care duopoly

Baker, Gonzalez should oppose health care duopoly

Beth Israel-Lahey mega merger will raise, not lower, costs

“I WILL NOT be the governor who allows Massachusetts to become a health care duopoly.” That’s a bipartisan pledge that Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger, Jay Gonzalez, should make regarding the future of health care in our Commonwealth. This pledge concerns the 13-hospital mega merger between Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and(...)

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Baker declares emergency, enlists Eversource

Baker declares emergency, enlists Eversource

Moulton blames 'human mistake' for gas fires, explosions

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Friday afternoon declared a state of emergency in the wake of a series of gas fires and explosions in the Merrimack Valley, handing over control of the response to Eversource in place of the local utility that Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera said had been “hiding from the(...)

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Diehl says he could be asset to Baker

Diehl says he could be asset to Baker

Dems continue to try to link Baker to Trump

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE REPUBLICAN AND PRESIDENT TRUMP supporter Geoff Diehl said Thursday that he could be an “asset” to Gov. Charlie Baker in Washington despite their policy differences, countering the message from Democrats that the governor’s support of his candidacy against Elizabeth Warren is a liability. Diehl also pushed back against the notion that(...)

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Dems try to link Baker to Trump agenda

Dems try to link Baker to Trump agenda

Pressley describes governor as complicit with president

MOST OF THE STATE’S state’s congressional representatives, who in the past have had generally nice things to say about Gov. Charlie Baker, attacked him on Wednesday, linking him to President Trump and his policies through his support for the GOP’s US Senate candidate in Massachusetts. Baker says he didn’t vote for Trump and has often(...)

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The chameleon governor

The chameleon governor

Baker’s endorsement of Trump backers is his first campaign challenge

BOSTON HERALD COLUMNIST  Howie Carr calls Gov. Charlie Baker Tall Deval. Democratic rival Jay Gonzalez suggests Baker is indirectly backing the Trump agenda in Washington. And Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi portrays the governor as a timid, calculating wimp always trying to balance on a political tightrope. Will the real Charlie Baker please stand up?(...)

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Gonzalez slams Baker for supporting GOP ticket

Gonzalez slams Baker for supporting GOP ticket

Will back Trump supporters Diehl and McMahon

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said on Friday that he is supporting the entire GOP statewide slate, include US Senate nominee Geoff Diehl, a supporter of President Trump. “I’ve endorsed the ticket, which I said I was going to do months ago, yeah,” Baker told reporters. His opponent for governor, Democrat Jay Gonzalez,(...)

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MGM, preparing to open, has feisty words for CT rivals

MGM, preparing to open, has feisty words for CT rivals

Baker hails new casino as ‘incredibly Springfield-centric’

LET THE CASINO wars begin. The MGM Springfield casino is about to open, and at a press conference on Thursday several officials made clear that the battle is on with Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Jim Murren, the CEO of MGM, who went to college in Hartford in the early 1980s, said he used(...)

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Accounting maneuvers, one-time gains helped balance T budget

Accounting maneuvers, one-time gains helped balance T budget

T denies using gimmicks, but one advocate says numbers don’t pencil out

WITH GOV. CHARLIE BAKER running for reelection, the MBTA balanced its budget for the first time in a decade by using a series of accounting maneuvers and one-time revenue gains. The T had expected to tap a legislative appropriation for $30 million to cover its fiscal 2018 costs, but the transit agency announced earlier this(...)

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