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Charlie Baker on Local Issues

 


2010: Opposed Cape Wind; 2014: it's a done deal

Baker has shifted on Cape Wind, initially saying he still opposed it but now reportedly dropping his opposition.

Baker noted he still opposes Cape Wind, saying there are far cheaper and more efficient ways to deliver clean energy to state ratepayers. "It's just not an economically viable project," he said of the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm, calling it a "windfall" for the project's developers." (Boston Globe, 9/6/2013)

And that's where the new Charlie Baker comes in. He has dropped his opposition to Cape Wind, which he told our editorial board last week was a "done deal." He recognizes that offshore commercial wind is pricey now compared to other types of energy generation, but he said he sees "no reason" that technology and competition in the developing marketplace won't make commercial offshore wind competitive (Standard-Times, 3/2/2014)

Source: Mass IEPAC: Research Profile on Charlie Baker, p. 30 , Sep 1, 2014

One casino is best, but vote "no" on casino repeal

Q: How would you vote on the casino repeal?

A: I always thought the best answer on the casino thing was to get the state of Connecticut to write Massachusetts a check for $300 or $400 million every year not to build a casino. But in the absence of that opportunity, I've always been a one-casino person. I think having one casino in Massachusetts available for people in Massachusetts makes some sense to me.

Q: On the ballot question?

A: I will vote no on the repeal question primarily because I think the Springfield proposal is a pretty imaginative proposal. It's $800 million in a part of Springfield that is in terrible shape.

Q: But if you keep the law you're not going to get your one casino.

A: I think the gaming commission should do nothing with respect to the Boston decision until after the vote. If we slow rolled this, and ended up in one site in Springfield, and actually gave it a chance to see how it actually works, I think that would be a pretty good outcome. (WBUR, 8/13/2014)

Source: Mass IEPAC p.200, on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial debate , Aug 13, 2014

Cutting local aid should be off the table right now

I served as a member of my hometown's Board of Selectmen, and as Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance in Massachusetts. I know first hand what happens to cities and towns when state government cuts local aid.

Politicians on Beacon Hill should stop trying to balance the budget on the backs of local governments. State government should be cut before local government--that hasn't happened. We have 7,500 more state employees than we did in 2004. That's wrong and that has to change.

I believe cutting local aid should be off the table right now. Long term, we need to offer cities and towns a more predictable revenue sharing model, one based on a defined share of state taxes.

I also believe that we should provide cities and towns with tools to help manage their budgets. I support providing cities and towns with health insurance plan design. As Governor, I'll put my experience to work, and promote policies in state government to help our cities and towns succeed.

Source: 2010 gubernatorial campaign website, charliebaker2010.com , Nov 1, 2010

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MA Gubernatorial:
Bill Weld
Dan Wolf
Deval Patrick
Don Berwick
Karyn Polito
Martha Coakley
Marty Walsh
Richard Tisei
Steve Grossman
Tom Menino
Warren Tolman
MA Senatorial:
Brian Herr
Bruce Skarin
Ed Markey
Elizabeth Warren
Gabriel Gomez
John Kerry
Martha Coakley
Mo Cowan

Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.DuVal(D) vs.Mealer(AE) vs.Gilbert(L) vs.Riggs(R)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Kashkari(R)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Beauprez(R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D) vs.Snitker(L,Lt.Gov.)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D) vs.Hunt(L)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Aiona(R) vs.Abercrombie(D)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hatch(D) vs.Hoefling(R)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Baker(R) &Polito(R,Lt.Gov.) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
NY: Cuomo(D) &Hochul(D,Lt.Gov.) vs.Astorino(R) vs.Hawkins(G) vs.Teachout(D)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Dorman(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Wolf(D) vs.Schwartz(D,lost primary) vs.Critz(D,Lt.Gov.,lost primary)
Newly-elected 2014:
AK-I: Bill Walker
AR-R: Asa Hutchinson
AZ-R: Doug Ducey
IL-R: Bruce Rauner
MA-R: Charlie Baker
MD-R: Larry Hogan
NE-R: Pete Ricketts
PA-D: Tom Wolf
RI-D: Gina Raimondo
TX-R: Greg Abbott

Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
WI-R: Scott Walker
WY-R: Matt Mead
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Health Care
Homeland Security
Immigration
Infrastructure/Technology
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War/Iraq/Mideast
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Term-Limited or Retiring 2014:
AR-D: Mike Beebe
AZ-R: Jan Brewer
MA-D: Deval Patrick
MD-D: Martin O'Malley
RI-I: Linc Chafee
TX-R: Rick Perry

 

Page last updated: Nov 26, 2014