BOSTON (State House News Service) – The governor and the governor-elect of Massachusetts are both due at the State House Monday morning. Republican Charlie Baker plans separate meetings at 10:30 a.m. with incoming Senate President Stan Rosenberg and at 11 a.m. with House Speaker Robert DeLeo in their respective third floor offices.
Baker, DeLeo, and Rosenberg are in line to become the next “Big Three” in 2015 when Gov. Deval Patrick moves on after two terms and Senate President Therese Murray retires from the Senate. Baker is listing both meetings as closed to the press, but plans to talk to reporters after his meeting with DeLeo.
Patrick plans on Monday morning to host a pair of ceremonial events in his office with judicial appointees Dennis Sargent and John Stapleton before meeting at 11:30 a.m. in his office with Turkish Consul General Omur Budak. The governor then plans to visit South Station at 2:30 p.m. for a public event designating South Station as the Governor Michael S. Dukakis Transportation Center at South Station. The renaming directive was included in a transportation bond bill signed into law this year. That law also includes a study requirement and right of way preservation directive regarding a rail link between North Station and South Station, the absence of which Gov. Dukakis has described as “absolutely ridiculous.”
At noon, Baker plans to attend the Boston Semper Fi Society’s Marine Corps Birthday Luncheon at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.