• Since taking office in January, Governor Baker has launched initiatives to close the workforce skills gap, address chronically high rates of unemployment, and combat the opioid epidemic across the Commonwealth. Baker has also tasked Lt. Governor Karyn Polito with the leadership of a council to prevent sexual assault & domestic violence and a cabinet responsible for enhancing the partnerships between state government and cities & towns. The Office for Access & Opportunity has been elevated to the Governor’s Office, and in the spring, a special MBTA panel chosen by Governor Baker reported on specific action steps to improve the state’s public transportation system.