Latest Charlie Baker News

Massachusetts falls just shy of vaccination goal for week

Apr. 16, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has fallen just short of a prediction by Gov. Charlie Baker that 2 million residents would be reported fully vaccinated by Friday. On Monday, the Republican said the state was on track to cross the 2 million mark by week’s end in...

Boston marks 8 years since marathon bombing that killed 3

Apr. 15, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston marked eight years since the bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon killed three people and injured scores of others on Thursday with quiet moments of reflection and small acts of kindness. Acting Mayor Kim Janey visited fire stations that had been...

Massachusetts House OKs bill for new Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

Apr. 15, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House voted Thursday to approve a $400 million bond bill to pay for a new facility to replace the existing Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, the site of one of the nation's deadliest coronavirus outbreaks at a long-term care facility. The...

Baker: J&J pause not significantly slowing vaccine effort

Apr. 14, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is forging ahead with plans to vaccinate as many residents as possible, despite placing a pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on the advice of federal authorities, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday. The vast majority of...

Democratic pro-abortion rights PAC hopes to oust Gov. Baker

Apr. 14, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A national political action committee dedicated to helping elect Democratic woman who support abortion rights say they are targeting a series of Republican governors, including Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. The group, EMILY’s List, faulted Baker for...

Massachusetts House unveils budget plan for new fiscal year

Apr. 14, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House leaders on Wednesday unveiled their version of the state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The $47.6 billion spending plan, which is expected to be debated the week of April 26, doesn’t include any broad-based taxes or...

Baker: 2M in state should be fully vaccinated by end of week

Apr. 12, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — As many as 2 million Massachusetts residents could be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of the week, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday. Already nearly 1.8 million residents have received first and second doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or a...

Countries worldwide hit new records for virus cases, deaths

Apr. 09, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

Ambulances filled with breathless patients lined up in Brazil as nations around the world set new records Thursday for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections. The disease surged even in some countries that have kept the virus in check. In the United States,...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Apr. 09, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media Editorial Board. April 8, 2021. Editorial: CT must catch up with times on voting There shouldn’t be anything partisan about voting rights. In an ideal world, expanding the franchise would be seen as a basic political goal of...

Gov. Baker no fan of 'vaccine passports' — at least not now

Apr. 08, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker isn’t a big fan of “vaccine passports” — at least not now. The passports are meant to allow those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to have greater access to public places as the state and country...