Governor-elect Charlie Baker meets with Democratic leaders

BOSTON (WWLP) – The next generation of State House leaders put politics aside today to talk about the upcoming transition of power.

Republican governor-elect Charlie Baker made his rounds at the State House Monday, meeting privately first with incoming Senate President Stan Rosenberg and then with Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. Afterwards, Democratic leaders said they believed it will be an easy and a smooth transition.

“We may disagree at times, but we will do so without being disagreeable. We’ll find common ground, we’ll build solutions so that the people of the Commonwealth have the government they’ve elected, and that they deserve to have,” said Sen. Rosenberg (D-Amherst).

All parties appeared to get along, but the real work will begin in January. The first order of business for Baker will be building a team and filling his cabinet. Shortly after, he will have to craft a fiscal 2016 budget.

“That for me is going to be the first opportunity to make a statement about where we are and where we’re going and I’m well aware of the fact that the House and the Senate will have their own points of view in respect to that,” said Baker.

They all already have an existing relationship, having worked together when Baker served under the Weld-Cellucci administrations. Senator Rosenberg said it is about looking to the future, not to the past to get work done.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he does not foresee any difficulty moving forward because they all share the same priorities when it comes to the economy, creating jobs, education and combating drug abuse.

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