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Yearly Archives: 2015

Governor Dean Backs Governor Baker’s Hydro Energy Bill Posted on Oct 29

On October 28, Governor Charlie Baker and Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matt Beaton met with former Vermont Governor Howard Dean to discuss the Baker-Polito Administration’s hydropower energy legislation that was filed earlier this year. During a media availability immediately following the meeting, Governor Dean   …Continue Reading Governor Dean Backs Governor Baker’s Hydro Energy Bill

Legislation Targets Overprescription of Painkillers, Opens Pathway to Recovery Posted on Oct 16

Legislation Targets Overprescription of Painkillers, Opens Pathway to Recovery

Since taking office in January, the Baker-Polito Administration has made it a top priority to battle the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts. In February, the Governor established a Working Group tasked with formulating a statewide strategy to combat addiction. This 16-member panel released a report detailing   …Continue Reading Legislation Targets Overprescription of Painkillers, Opens Pathway to Recovery

Governor Baker: “We Should Celebrate Their Success and Build On It” Posted on Oct 14

Governor Baker: "We Should Celebrate Their Success and Build On It"

Governor Charlie Baker testified on Tuesday, October 13, before the Joint Committee on Education on H.B. 3804, “An Act to Improve and Expand Education Opportunities,” which was filed by the governor last week to add up to 12 new Commonwealth charter schools and/or expansions annually   …Continue Reading Governor Baker: “We Should Celebrate Their Success and Build On It”

Improving and Expanding Educational Opportunity Posted on Oct 9

Improving and Expanding Educational Opportunity

On the steps of one of the state’s most successful charter schools, and joined by students, parents, and teachers, Governor Charlie Baker announced legislation expanding educational opportunity and access to charter schools. The bill adds up to 12 new Commonwealth public charter schools and/or expansions   …Continue Reading Improving and Expanding Educational Opportunity

Prepping the MBTA for Next Winter Posted on Sep 24

Prepping the MBTA for Next Winter

On Wednesday, September 23rd, Governor Charlie Baker, MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola and Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve visited an MBTA staging facility in Dorchester to review and discuss the progress of ongoing winter resiliency efforts. The team discussed among other topics the implementation of new   …Continue Reading Prepping the MBTA for Next Winter

During Western Massachusetts stops, Governor Baker talks Pre-K and Affordable Housing Posted on Sep 16

During Western Massachusetts stops, Governor Baker talks Pre-K and Affordable Housing

Governor Charlie Baker spent the day in Western Massachusetts on Tuesday, September 15th. He began his day with a visit to Lt. Clayre P. Sullivan School in Holyoke, MA to tour one of the 45 new preschool classrooms that are opening this school year with   …Continue Reading During Western Massachusetts stops, Governor Baker talks Pre-K and Affordable Housing

Commemorating September 11: “Pain has a purpose” Posted on Sep 11

Commemorating September 11: "Pain has a purpose"

On Friday, September 11th, Governor Charlie Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker commemorated the 14th anniversary of the New York World Trade Center attacks during a wreath laying ceremony at the 9/11 Garden of Remembrance in the the Boston Public Garden. Both then joined 9/11 families   …Continue Reading Commemorating September 11: “Pain has a purpose”

Diversifying Our Energy Portfolio, Supporting Coastal Communities Posted on Aug 26

Diversifying Our Energy Portfolio, Supporting Coastal Communities

In a continued effort to stabilize New England’s electricity rates while meeting the Commonwealth’s Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) goals, the Baker-Polito Administration has filed two bills this summer to diversify the state’s energy portfolio. In July, legislation was filed to facilitate the procurement of cost-effective,   …Continue Reading Diversifying Our Energy Portfolio, Supporting Coastal Communities

Building Stronger Cities through an Urban Agenda, MassWorks Posted on Aug 17

Building Stronger Cities through an Urban Agenda, MassWorks

A top priority of the Baker-Polito Administration has been “Building Stronger Communities,” with Lt. Governor having traveled to all corners of the Commonwealth on a tour bearing the same name over the last seven months. But more specifically, Governor Baker has sought to help the Commonwealth’s   …Continue Reading Building Stronger Cities through an Urban Agenda, MassWorks

Tax Relief for Working Families Posted on Aug 7

Tax Relief for Working Families

It may be the first week of August and many might be on vacation, but Governor Charlie Baker and his signing pen have been active bringing tax relief to working families and consumers in Massachusetts. On Wednesday, Governor Baker signed into law the first increase   …Continue Reading Tax Relief for Working Families