BOSTON (WWLP) – After eight years of a Democratic governor, Massachusetts voters elected Republican Charlie Baker to take over. He comes with years of experience, both at the State House and in the private sector.
“Massachusetts is a very Democratic state and to have a Republican governor is huge. I think people are ready for change. I know that Governor Baker is going to bring forth great regulatory changes and really get people back to work,” said State Representative Nick Boldyga (R-Southwick).
High on Baker’s “to-do” list – boosting businesses and jobs throughout the state. It is much needed in western Massachusetts where the unemployment rate is statistically higher compared to other parts of the state. Governor-elect Baker also hopes to accomplish something that Governor Patrick could not do: eliminate homeless hotels, a program that’s costing the state tens of millions of dollars.
Getting homeless families out of hotels and into more permanent housing is also a top priority for Holyoke Democrat Aaron Vega. He told 22News he is looking forward to working with Baker on a solution.
“I think we’re going to find common ground. I always say, he wants to get things done; we want to get things done. We’ll see where the rubber meets the road when he presents the budget in a few months,” said Vega.
Baker is scheduled to be sworn in on Thursday, January 8 at the State House and 22 News will be there.