Latest Charlie Baker News

GE to downsize Boston headquarters, reimburse state $87M

Feb. 14, 2019 4:31 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — General Electric announced Thursday it will downsize its world headquarters in Boston and will return $87 million that Massachusetts spent as part of an incentives package to lure the company from Connecticut three years ago. The industrial conglomerate has been restructuring its operations...

Trump campaign takes steps to prevent a challenge within GOP

Feb. 4, 2019 9:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried about a potential Republican primary challenge, President Donald Trump's campaign has launched a state-by-state effort to prevent an intraparty fight that could spill over into the general-election campaign. The nascent initiative has been an intense focus in recent weeks and...

Governors make unusual Super Bowl bet on hometown teams

Feb. 2, 2019 1:38 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The governors of Massachusetts and California are placing a friendly wager on the outcome of Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom say they and their staffs...

Massachusetts Republican Gov. Baker visits Boston mosque

Feb. 1, 2019 4:47 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker said there's more that unites people of different faiths than divides them as he paid a visit to a Boston mosque on Friday. Baker said that as governor it's important he makes clear to those of various faiths — Christians, Jews and Muslims — that they all have...

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...