One Year In, Governor's Reforms Help Massachusetts Turn The Page

BOSTON -- Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito's inauguration. Thanks to the Administration's significant reforms and policy achievements, the Commonwealth is turning the page from the Democrats' failed leadership.

To mark the one-year anniversary of the inauguration, the MassGOP presents highlights of the Democrats' biggest disasters - and the reforms Governor Baker has enacted to fix them:
Health Connector:

BEFOREDemocratic Governor Deval Patrick's disastrous handling of the Health Connector's changes under ObamaCare forced thousands of families onto MassHealth in 2014. (Felice Freyer, "About 400,000 in Mass. must seek new health plan," Boston Globe, 8/15/14)

AFTERGovernor Baker's health connector reforms lead to a successful open enrollment period. "For the first time in three years, enrollment in the Massachusetts health insurance exchange seems to have gone smoothly." (Shira Schoenberg, "Massachusetts Health Connector enrollment goes smoothly for 2016," Springfield Republican, 12/23/2015)
Support For Cities And Towns

BEFOREDemocratic Governor Deval Patrick gutted support for cities and towns. "Before stepping down, Patrick imposed more than $40 million in cuts that didn’t require legislative approval, including $18.7 million from regional transportation for school busing and $1.2 million from public-run charter school reimbursements. Patrick also asked the Legislature to cut money for cities and towns by more than $25 million..."  (Christian Wade, "Baker, lawmakers say local aid is safe in face of budget crisis," CHNI, 1/13/15)

AFTERGovernor Baker boosted local aid for the first time in years. "The budget includes a 3.6 percent increase in local aid, to $980 million, and a 3 percent increase in education aid, to $4.5 billion." (Shira Schoenberg, "Gov. Charlie Baker signs $38.1 billion budget, vetoes $162 million in spending," Springfield Republican, 7/27/15)

Governor Baker also championed a long-overdue bill to modernize municipal government. "This state has tremendous power to pull the strings of city and town governments. Gov. Charlie Baker, a former Swampscott selectmen, wants to snip some of those strings and give local officials more flexibility to run their own affairs, more efficiently." ("Editorial: Toast to local control," Boston Herald, 12/10/15)
Fiscal Management

BEFOREDemocratic Governor Deval Patrick left the state budget with a $765 million deficit for fiscal year 2015. (Joshua Miller, "Baker cites $765 million budget shortfall,"Boston Globe, 1/20/15)

AFTER: Governor Baker balanced the budget without raising taxes. "Speaking to reporters after signing the budget into law, Baker said his administration had closed an estimated $1.8 billion budget gap for 2016, after closing a smaller gap in fiscal year 2015." (Shira Schoenberg, "Gov. Charlie Baker signs $38.1 billion budget, vetoes $162 million in spending," Springfield Republican, 7/27/15)