BOSTON -- As Governor Charlie Baker wraps up his first year in office, he is receiving high praise from all corners of the Commonwealth. The Governor's first year featured significant victories - including a major overhaul at the MBTA investments in local aid - all while holding the line on taxes. And that leadership has resonated with the Commonwealth's voters: the Governor remains hugely popular, posting a 74% approval rating late this year - the highest in the country.
"His most ambitious proposals – such as expanding access to charter schools and curbing opioid addiction – remain held up in the Legislature. But political observers say Baker has largely kept the state running smoothly, confronting last winter's record snowfall, passing a budget, taking steps toward fixing the MBTA, and working with municipal officials." (Shira Schoenberg, "Political observers weigh in: Why is Gov. Charlie Baker so popular?," Springfield Republican, 12/22/15)
"Why can't there be more like him? Isn't his style at least worth a try?" (The Editorial Board, "Why can't more pols try Charlie Baker's way?" Springfield Republican, 12/22/15)
"Those conversations, and Baker’s managerial chops in the face of crises at the MBTA and the state’s Department of Children and Families, have served the governor well thus far.
"A survey taken between May and November across all 50 states by Morning Consult, a technology and media company, found that Baker had a job approval rating of 74 percent, the highest of any governor in the country." (David Scharfenberg, "One year in, governor stresses outreach to foes," Boston Globe, 12/22/15)
Baker says that can only be achieved by investing in improvements such as updating signals and switches along rail lines rather than building out new lines and adding new stations." (Lauren Dezenski, "Baker links the future of Massachusetts infrastructure to his own,"POLITICO, 12/22/15)