Read Governor Baker’s message to Executive Branch employees from October 21, 2020

Dear Fellow State Employees,

Just ten months ago, I stood behind the rostrum in a very crowded, not socially distanced House Chamber and delivered our 2020 State of the State Address. It was filled with hope and possibility. We had exploding job growth, a balanced budget, a big Rainy Day Fund and a long list of bipartisan accomplishments to discuss. We offered up proposals to strengthen our health care system and skill building programs, and offered new ideas on housing development, transportation and climate change.

Less than two…


Read Governor Charlie Baker’s message to state employees sharing his remarks from his June 1 press conference addressing recent demonstrations in Boston.

Watch Governor Baker’s remarks from his June 1 press conference on recent demonstrations in Boston

Fellow state employees,

The past few weeks have been unsettling for so many of us. I wanted to pass along my remarks from this afternoon’s press conference. It is during difficult times like these that public servants play an important role as healers, leaders and sources of information and support. Thank you for all you do to help the people of Massachusetts.

Remarks On Yesterday’s Demonstrations

The…


Dear Fellow State Employees –

I got my head shaved with a lobby full of pro athletes, media personalities and hundreds of Granite Telecommunications employees to raise money for cancer research less than two weeks ago.

Seems much longer than that.

But we are now where we are, and I believe we are doing the right things to deal with this public health crisis. I also recognize and appreciate that many of these decisions come with disruptions, dismay and disagreement. …


Read the Baker-Polito Administration’s “Corner Office Connect” update for February 2020

State of the Commonwealth 2020

VIDEO: Highlights from Governor Baker’s 2020 State of the Commonwealth address

On January 21, Governor Baker delivered his 2020 State of the Commonwealth address, outlining the administration’s ongoing agenda and priorities for the coming year. Joined by Lt. Governor Polito, members of the Cabinet, local officials, legislators and others, the Governor recapped recent progress on issues like education reform and economic growth. As the governor noted, this progress has been achieved thanks to a bipartisan, collaborative approach.

He also laid out how the administration will tackle continuing priorities. He…


Read the Baker-Polito Administration’s latest “Corner Office Connect” update

Governor Baker signs historic education finance reform legislation

Joined by a broad coalition of legislators, local officials, educators, business leaders, as well as hundreds of students, Governor Baker last month signed landmark legislation updating the Commonwealth’s system of education financing and investing significant resources into Massachusetts’ local public schools. The signing ceremony took place at English High School, the nation’s first public high school, and included remarks from Gov. Baker, Lt. Gov. Polito, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Senate President Karen Spilka, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Sen. Jason Lewis and Rep. Alice Peisch.

The new law boosts investment in public…


Read the Baker-Polito Administration’s latest “Corner Office Connect” update

New health care legislation earns praise from wide range of advocates and medical leaders

Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito, Secretary Sudders & Commissioner Anderson unveil the administration’s new health care legislation.

Governor Baker last month unveiled comprehensive health care legislation that aims to address major challenges in the system by increasing access to care, improving outcomes for patients, and bringing down costs. The bill would boost spending on and improve access to primary and behavioral care services, manage health care cost drivers to protect consumers, support community hospitals and health centers, and promote reforms in the insurance market.

Since then, the legislation has earned broad support, from advocacy groups like Health Care for All, the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, and many…


Read the Baker-Polito Administration’s latest “Corner Office Connect” update

Massachusetts retains status as national leader on energy efficiency and clean energy

For the ninth year in a row, Massachusetts has been named the most energy efficient state in the nation, according to the latest report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which ranked states based on more than 30 metrics across a wide range of areas.

The Baker-Polito Administration is proud to have prioritized efforts that sustain this national leadership. Key to Massachusetts’ ongoing success is its utility-run, nation-leading energy efficiency programs. Through the Department of Energy Resources, the administration recently approved a Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan, which sets…


Read the Baker-Polito Administration’s “Corner Office Connect” update for August 2019.

Governor signs fiscally responsible FY20 budget, investing more in schools, communities and other priorities

Late last month, Governor Baker signed the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, investing in a range of priorities that support the Commonwealth’s families, communities and small businesses. The budget builds on the Baker-Polito Administration’s support for Massachusetts’ local public schools by increasing Chapter 70 investment by $268 million to $5.2 billion, meaning the administration has boosted local school funding by over $750 million since taking office. The budget also invests $1.1 billion in local aid and $246 million across state agencies to combat substance misuse.

The FY20 budget makes these…


Read the Baker-Polito Administration’s “Corner Office Connect” update for July 2019.

$18B Transportation Bond Bill: Building, modernizing a transportation system that meets Massachusetts’ needs

Building on operational improvements and historic investments in areas like the MBTA, the Baker-Polito Administration this month announced an $18 billion transportation bond bill to invest in a cleaner, safer and more reliable transportation network. The bill includes new money for MBTA capital improvements as well as plans to accelerate upgrades for the transit system. It also includes innovative ideas to incentivize telecommuting and remote working. Through these investments and ongoing, sustained work to improve public transportation and our roadways, Governor Baker and Lt. …


Read the latest “Corner Office Connect” update from the Baker-Polito Administration.

Celebrating Early College success stories

Governor Baker attended an Early College graduation ceremony at Bunker Hill Community College earlier this month, and announced an expansion of the Early College Initiative by designating new programs at 13 high schools and 8 public colleges across the Commonwealth. Check out the above video to hear success stories from students who participated in the programs.

Through the Early College Initiative, the Baker-Polito Administration has prioritized programs that connect students in high school with college learning opportunities in partnership with local community colleges and state universities. The programs…

Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito

Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and their administration are committed to making Massachusetts the best place to live, work and raise a family

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