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  • Governor Baker Requests Federal Assistance for Historic Storms

    Governor Baker Requests Federal Assistance for Historic Storms

    Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito submitted a request to President  Obama for a Major Disaster Declaration based on the impacts of an unprecedented 28-day weather event that brought record snowfall and bitter temperatures to the Commonwealth.

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  • Governor Baker Meets With Scouts From Yankee Clipper Council

    Governor Baker Meets With Scouts From Yankee Clipper Council

    Governor Baker met with Boy Scouts from the Yankee Clipper Council following their Report to the Commonwealth in the Senate Chamber. See this and other photos on our Instagram account.

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  • Baker-Polito Administration Announces Winter Recovery Assistance Program

    Baker-Polito Administration Announces Winter Recovery Assistance Program

    Baker-Polito Administration launched the Winter Recovery Assistance Program, a $30 million targeted effort to assist cities and towns with repairs to roads and bridges under municipal jurisdiction.

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  • Governor Baker Signs Executive Order to Target Chronic Unemployment

    Governor Baker Signs Executive Order to Target Chronic Unemployment

    Governor Charlie Baker signed an Executive Order to establish a task force on Economic Opportunity for Populations Facing Chronically High Rates of Unemployment.

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  • Governor Baker Releases Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal

    Governor Baker Releases Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal

    The Baker-Polito Administration filed a budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016 that includes increased investments in local aid, education, homelessness and reliable transportation, while instituting reforms to curb overall spending, and holds the line on new taxes and fees.

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  • Governor Baker Participates in "Read Across America" in Swampscott

    Governor Baker Participates in "Read Across America" in Swampscott

    Governor Baker read "Green Eggs and Ham" to students at Hadley Elementary School in Swampscott as part of the NEA's "Read Across America" Day. See this picture and more on our Instagram account.

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  • Governor Baker Signs Executive Order to Address Workforce Skills Gap

    Governor Baker Signs Executive Order to Address Workforce Skills Gap

    A Workforce Skills Cabinet, led by Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ron Walker (pictured), has been charged with creating and implementing a strategy to develop workforce skills to meet the varying needs of employers around the Commonwealth.

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  • Baker-Polito Administration Targets Opioid Addiction

    Baker-Polito Administration Targets Opioid Addiction

    Initial steps to combat opioid addiction include formation of a Working Group to develop specific, targeted and tangible recommendations, as well as calling on insurers to more effectively manage opioid prescribing practices. 

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On Wednesday, March 4th, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito filed their first budget proposal, which holds spending to a sustainable 3% increase while investing in key priorities including local aid, education, and transportation.

The fiscally responsible plan brings spending in line with revenue growth for the first time in several years and puts the Commonwealth on the path towards economic growth and stability.

Some other key highlights include:

  • A $34 million increase, or 3.6%, in unrestricted local aid to $980 million

  • A $105.3 million increase in Chapter 70 funding, which increases funding for all 321 school districts
  • A phase in of the Earned Income Tax Credit to 30% of the federal limit while phasing out the Film Tax Credit
  • Funding local aid by 75% of revenue growth, a 3.6% increase
  • Increasing transportation spending by 20%, including $187 million, or a 53% increase, in direct aid to the MBTA
  • An early retirement incentive program to responsibly reduce the state’s administrative spending

To learn more, visit the Governor’s Budget Homepage.