Latest Charlie Baker News

Gov. Baker proposes expanding Medicare savings program

Jan. 19, 2019 1:04 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Low-income seniors would see a break on how much they pay for health care under a plan Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is including in his state budget proposal. Under the plan, seniors who earn 130 to 165 percent of the federal poverty level — from just under $16,000 to about $20,000...

Gov. Baker: Tax hike will help towns address climate change

Jan. 18, 2019 3:46 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is proposing an increase in the state excise tax on real estate transfers to help Massachusetts communities better prepare for the effects of climate change. Baker said Friday the plan will be included in his proposed state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The...

Maryland explores faster way to approve sports betting

Jan. 17, 2019 4:43 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers are exploring a faster way to approve sports betting this year, but it's unclear if they will be able to do it without voter approval in 2020. Voters endorsed a constitutional amendment allowing casinos in 2008, but further commercial gambling expansion requires...

Elections, films help effort to ban gay conversion therapy

Dec. 29, 2018 11:52 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Activists urging more states to ban gay conversion therapy for minors are expecting major gains in 2019, thanks to midterm election results and the buzz generated by two well-reviewed films. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have already enacted laws prohibiting licensed...

Judge rejects challenge to winner-take-all election system

Dec. 7, 2018 7:14 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the winner-take-all system Massachusetts uses to assign its Electoral College presidential votes, rejecting the argument that it violates the principle of "one person, one vote." The case is one of several spearheaded by the onetime...

GOP governors minimize Trump impact on midterm losses

Nov. 29, 2018 4:25 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Republican governors are minimizing any suggestion that voter discontent with President Donald Trump played a role in the midterm elections, where Democrats flipped seven governorships, took control of the U.S. House and picked up hundreds of state legislative seats. "I don't think...

Politicians say utility at center of explosions should close

Nov. 26, 2018 5:58 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Executives at the utility company responsible for September's natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts should step down, congressional members said Monday at a special hearing into the disaster. The six House and Senate members from Massachusetts and New Hampshire held the...