BOSTON (WWLP) – It is the start of what Governor Charlie Baker hopes will be quarterly meetings with Black and Latino state lawmakers.
Baker believes they “have a chance to create a real working, real working agenda and opportunity to get a bunch of stuff done.”
Among the items on what the Governor calls “Charlie’s Urban Agenda:” lifting the cap on charter schools, supporting small businesses and helping inmates achieve a college education or find a job. Four members of the Black and Latino caucus come to Boston from the Pioneer Valley.
State lawmakers stressed the need to keep the Governor’s Springfield office open so people do not have to travel to Boston to voice their concerns. I asked Springfield Democrat Benjamin Swan whether he found Baker to be an accessible Governor. He told 22News that he will have to wait and see, but noted that Baker was easy to contact when he served in the Weld administration.
“I found him to be accessible at that time. (Baker: Nothing’s changed.) So I’m very optimistic quite frankly,” said State Rep. Benjamin Swan.
Governor Baker says they will give each other a heads up on initiatives and visits to the district.